STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A day of skateboarding almost claimed the life of a Long Island teenager who though that skating without a helmet was the cool thing to do. Now, Arielle Budnick is on the road to recovery and has a message to send to other teen skateboarders.
“None of this would have happened if I was wearing a helmet,” she told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan on Thursday.
Across Long Island teens are posting their own skateboarding videos on YouTube, many of them are helmetless.
“I didn’t even think to wear a helmet. I wasn’t used to wearing one. I didn’t see it as important. I just thought that wearing a helmet makes you dorky and nerdy,” Budnick explained.
Last Memorial Day Budnick was skateboarding to the beach in Southampton.