Dead skateboarder 'still a beginner'

2012-03-20 09:05

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Cape Town - A Gauteng man's longboard ride down the Franschhoek Pass ended tragically on Monday when he went under an oncoming truck and was killed.

Carlito Trancoso, 29, from Randburg was declared dead on the scene. He had been on a fun ride with a few friends.

Trancoso was in Cape Town for the weekend to take part in the Fair Cape Downhill Challenge on his longboard - an extra-long skateboard.

Serious injuries

ER24 spokesperson André Visser said Trancoso sustained serious chest, head and abdominal injuries.

The incident happened at about 13:50 near the Carmel campsite on the R45 in the Franschhoek Pass.

“Our paramedics found him on the ground next to the road. They think he was going about 50km/h when he hit the truck. It didn’t look good.”

According to the group of men with him at the time, the truck drove over Trancoso.

Stellenbosch traffic department’s Superintendent Lizelle Stroebel said Trancoso was going in the direction of Villiersdorp and the truck was heading for Franschhoek.

"He hit the oncoming truck as he came around a bend.”

Warning

Trancoso’s friends told Franschhoek police officials that he was still a beginner in the sport.

One of the group was apparently driving in front and warned the guys behind him that a truck was coming and they should decrease speed or move to another lane.

“They probably didn’t hear him,” said Stroebel.

Trancoso was identified by his uncle on Monday night.

Justin Boast, chairperson of the South African Gravity Racing Association, said they regularly held downhill competitions in closed lanes because they were aware of the dangers of the sport.

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