Skateboarder lost control, died of head injury says Yukon coroner

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Hamilton Boulevard in Whitehorse, looking east toward the Alaska Highway intersection. (Paul Tukker/CBC - image credit)
Hamilton Boulevard in Whitehorse, looking east toward the Alaska Highway intersection. (Paul Tukker/CBC - image credit)

A Whitehorse man is dead after losing control of his skateboard and suffering a fatal head injury, according to the territory's chief coroner.

28-year-old Robert Thompson died early Sunday morning.

According to a Wednesday news release from the coroner, Thompson was found injured on Hamilton Boulevard at around 6 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead shortly after.

The coroner says it appears that Thompson had been riding his skateboard eastbound on a downhill stretch toward the Alaska Highway when he lost control.

The coroner says Thompson was not wearing any protective gear when he fell. An autopsy determined that he suffered a fatal head injury.

In her news release, Chief Coroner Heather Jones advises that helmets, wrist guards, gloves, knee and elbow pads and protective clothing should always be worn while skateboarding.

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