ABC 7 News by Denise Dador 10/13/2021
Jared Hager lost half his skull in a traumatic skateboarding accident. But in a remarkable twist of fate, the Southern California man survived to become a medical first.
“The thing that I love about skateboarding is that you’re going fast. Just the controlled chaos you have with skateboarding. You want to keep that going,” said 37-year-old Hager, a competitive skateboarder.
But it all came to a stop at a reservoir in Palm Springs in April 2019, when Hager was on his way to shoot a skateboarding video with his friends. “I just went down this hill without even looking at it, which is like a really dumb thing to do,” he said. Hager suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.