Investigators: Alcohol a factor in longboard fatal accident



ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - A Rowan County teenager who died in a skateboarding accident may have been drinking, according to deputies.

Investigators said Jonah King, 16, was caught on camera at Z and H Mart at 3610 Mooresville Rd. in Salisbury illegally buying beer before the accident.

Officials said in-store surveillance video indicated King was not asked to show his ID before buying the beer. 

They are awaiting toxicology results. 

King was riding his longboard, which is a bigger version of a skateboard, on Timberlane Trail in Salisbury when he fell and hit his head.

Police said he was being pulled behind a car when he fell. Investigators said King was doing what is known as "towing" or "skidding," which is when a skateboarder grabs the side of a vehicle and is towed up hills. 

King was not wearing a helmet.

He was transported to Baptist Hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

The driver, Kevin Robinson, 18, was cited for driving after consuming alcohol and having an open container. 

North Carolina's Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency has joined the investigation and expects to file charges.