Skateboarder fractures skull in Mesa

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MESA, Ariz. -- A skateboarder is in critical condition after suffering a head injury in a fall Tuesday night in Mesa.

Because of its steep decline, several teenagers were using Redmont Drive to skateboard and bike from Power Road to Viewmont Drive shortly before 11 p.m., according to Mesa police Detective Michael Melendez.

Once they reached Viewmont, the driver of a truck, Aaron David Saager, 19, transported his friends back up to Power and Redmont where they would start again.

On the second trip back up to their starting point, Melendez said Spencer Owen Jones, 19, decided to hold on to the driver's side mirror while riding his skateboard.

For an unknown reason, Jones fell and suffered a substantial head injury.

Melendez said speed and impairment were not factors in the accident.

Jones was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. He suffered a fractured skull and is listed in critical condition.

Saager was cited for endangerment.