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Man, 20, dies from injuries after ‘car surfing’ in North Las Vegas

Updated Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 9:36 a.m.

Matthew Galvin

Matthew Galvin


A 20-year-old man who fell from the hood of a moving car while apparently "car surfing" Monday night in North Las Vegas has died.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified him this morning as North Las Vegas resident Matthew Galvin. The coroner hasn't determined his cause of death.

Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said University Medical Center notified authorities at 3 a.m. of Galvin's death.

The victim's 17-year-old brother, who was driving the 1988 Ford Bronco during the incident, could face charges pending the outcome of the investigation, Coon said.

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 400 block of Violetta Avenue, which is southwest of the intersection of Centennial Parkway and Commerce Street. Police said Galvin suffered significant head trauma.

A 15-year-old girl was also in the vehicle when the incident happened. Police said the vehicle was traveling at 10 to 15 mph when Galvin fell from the hood.

Authorities don't believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the incident.

“Kids don’t realize how dangerous it really is to stand on top of a moving vehicle,” Coon said. “We’ve had incidents like this before. Unfortunately, we’ve even had fatals from kids car surfing.”

In March, a 16-year-old girl spent a week in a pediatric intensive care unit after another "car surfing" accident in North Las Vegas, police said.

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  1. Can you say STUPID. The Driver should share in the Responsibility of paying all medical bills. The Car should be confiscated for Public Auction and the property of the Car Owner should be collateral against any expenses.
    It's time to stop this nonsense, assign responsibility and liability.

  2. Very stupid behavior...PERIOD

  3. Sorry to see someone get hurt like this from doing something so stupid but I have to agree with Ben on this one. The public should not be made to pay for this mans decisions. He needs to be held responsible for his own actions.

  4. In a word: MORON!

  5. Sadly we all look back at things we did as a teenager, and think how things could have gone bad for us............Obviously stupid......but sad....his brother was driving......sad sad sad.

  6. This is the reason we have rising health care cost because I don't think the auto insurance nor a
    group insurance should pay for this one.

    Just when you think you have something idiot proof then someone makes a better idiot!

    And this statement here Kids don't realize how dangerous it really is to stand on top of a moving vehicle," Coon said. "We've had incidents like this before. Unfortunately, we've even had fatals from kids car surfing."

    Yeah they know how dangerous it is they think it wont happen to them. They know so don't give them an out.
    I would be embarassed to claim them two as my seed.

  7. That boy is a surfing fool

  8. Young people are natural risk takers, that's why old people like them in the military.

    It used to be people like Teddy Roosevelt, Danial Boone, Admiral Perry, John Muir, Amelia Earhart would be praised for their risk taking, now people trash risk takers (the mean-spirited posters on this site are probably jealous cowards.)

    RIP this country needs your spirit of adventure and darling.

  9. He got First Prize: the DNR Award.

  10. mred, somehow most of us see flying solo across the Atlantic, going to war or riding a horse out west 150 years ago as reasonable risks to take for the reward. Standing (or sitting) on the hood of a speeding car doesn't quite compare. I'm sorry the participants have to go through this trrrible result, but the fault lies 100% with them. We all wish they would have gotten pulled over and ticketed or scolded by the cops before it came to this. I'm sure they do too. The kid driving will have to live with this forever. Again, he could have prevented it. In the old days (1960's), we could ride in the back of a pickup, That's way safer than riding on the hood, but still not safe. That's why we have laws.