UPDATED: Teen Seriously Injured in Skateboarding Accident

Nineteen-year old male suffers head injury while operating skateboard on hike and bike trail.


The young man who was injured in a skateboarding accident on Wednesday has been identified by multiple sources as Vincent Castrillon, a 2010 graduate of Kings Park High School who recently moved to New Iberia, LA.

According to the hospital he is in the intensive care unit.

Original story from July 6

A 19-year old man with a Louisiana address was seriously injured when he fell off his skateboard striking his head on Wednesday afternoon at Old Dock Road, police said. He was not wearing a helmet, which under New York State law is not required if the rider is over 14.

The incident, which happened at 1:45 p.m. occurred on the hike and bike trail near the abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. According to police a helicopter was called and landed but the injured was transported by ground to St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital.

His condition at this time is not known.

Marilyn July 08, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Every encounter I have had at St. Catherine's has been wonderful. I am sure they took very good care of this person. If he did have a major head injury they could stabilize him and then transfer if necessary.
John Brian Silverio July 08, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Although not required, please use a helmet at all times. I'm a mountain biker and a big advocate of helmets. Well wishes to this young man.
Susan K July 08, 2011 at 03:00 PM
St Catherines is a wonderful hospital and as said above, the patient would be stabilized and transferred to trauma if necessary. The real issue here is skateboarding on a hiking/bike trail - no helmet -is very dangerous and hopefully he will be ok.
John J. Gallagher July 08, 2011 at 04:24 PM
"UGH"???????? Interesting that ANYONE would use this term about OUR hospital.....Laurie: what could possibly have occurred to bring out such a description. Heck, I've even sent flowers for my treatments at the ER, Trauma, and the nursing home (1 full month) itself. Why "Ugh" ??
lisa costello July 08, 2011 at 11:40 PM
many people aredissatisfied with st. catherines.while others are satisfied,to each his own,i personally am not a fan of st.catherines.
Vickie July 09, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful the staff has been at St. Catherine's during this tragic time. Please remember that there is a real family who is attached to this tragedy. Please try to be respectful, offers your prayers, and keep your negative comments to yourself.
Frank Mercuri July 09, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Jean Marie July 09, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Vickie has it right...when it's your turn to be rushed in an ambulance (God forbid) then you can decide & comment on which hospital you prefer. My prayers & condolences to the family of Vincent.
I live in KP July 09, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Lauri July 10, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Although not the topic here - and I send my condolences to the family - but since it did come up....St Catherine’s sucks - if you’re a kid - it doesn’t have a pediatric unit in the hospital...who's bright idea was that?!!!!
Stephanie Coiro July 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM
This is tragic, I was just wondering if anyone knew how he fell to fall so hard? My heart is with his family, things like this are so painful. Such a loss for a family.
Betty M July 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Lauri, St. Catherine's is a small community hospital not a trauma center, as most people who live in the community know. Yes they do not have a pediatric unit or a trauma unit, but as said before the ER is equip to stabilize and then transfer to a tertiary facility. I guess the "bright idea" came from the fact that being a small hospital they can't specialize in everything, so they chose to exceed as a stroke center, not a pediatric center. My only other comment is to agree with Vickie that negative comments need not apply.
lisa costello July 10, 2011 at 01:05 PM
why can't people accept other peoples opinions? we are all entitled to them,remember,freedom of speech.if we all thought the same it would be a very boring world..and we would be more like a flock of sheep than we already are. no offense to sheep intended.
Stephanie Coiro July 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM
...we are all entitled to opinions, but this family just lost their child. We shouldn't be concerned about bashing or praising a hospital, we should be heartbroken for their loss.
lisa costello July 10, 2011 at 02:54 PM
as iam,and would be for any family that suffers atragedy!
Karen Schug July 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. This is a tragic loss of a young mans life.
kp07 July 10, 2011 at 07:01 PM
our thoughts and prayers go out to vincent and his family. what a tragic accident that may or may not have been prevented if kings park had a skate park, maybe now we can get our town to push for a place to put the park and possibly name it after this young boy who lost his life way to soon. there are very few towns that have such beautiful vacant land as kings park. so lets get this funded so we can get our kids off the shopping center concrete sidewalks and ramps and into a skatepark where helmets are required before any other family has to go threw such a tragic accident...RIP VINCENT
Susan July 11, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Just as FYI to all who posted here - Vince was brought to St. Catherines because he could not be stablized enough to take the chopper ride to StonyBrook trauma center. St Cath's is not a trauma center but it became quickly apparent that it was not going to be neded as the brain trauma was devastating right away. St Cath's was superb in handling the hordes of friends & family who were there. Vince's mom had worked at a church in E. Npt and many of the pastors, elders & family friends and Vince's friends were there round the clock. The hospital staff put up a tent to allow the visitors to be out of the elements, the provided refreshments, and enabled all to be able to say their goodbye's to Vince thru a window since they could not accomodate hundreds in the ICU. Vince was a giver until the end - upto 9 people's lives were improved or saved by use of his organs. Throngs of people attended his memorial service sunday nite and learned about Vince and how we know that once he was absent from the body he was present with the Lord. We are at peace to know that the impact was so sever and the damage so intense that he was probably gone instanty, he probably did not suffer and was in the arms of Jesus before the ambulance even arrived.
duckduckgoose July 11, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I did not know this young man but my children and their friends did. I have heard nothing but great things about how wonderful he was in life, and his gifts given upon his death will be his legacy. Prayers and hugs to all his family and friends that are suffering at this time. I hope it consoles you to know that others care, and that his organ donations have helped others to live.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 11, 2011 at 07:48 PM
@susan- we have heard some wonderful things about this young man. If you know the family, can you please contact me. jennifer.sloat@patch.com
John Brian Silverio July 12, 2011 at 03:47 PM
My condolences to the family. Again, please wear a helmet. I was out at KPPC yesterday with my wife. Out of about 8 riders I saw, only ONE was wearing a helmet (an adult). Both youth and adults. Skateboarders as well.
Scott Norcott July 12, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Our heart felt condolences are sent to this boys family. As a member of the local Longboarding group the North Shore Cruisers, this is a somber wake up call to all who choose not to where a helmet. This is a great sport, but like many, safety precautions are a wise choice. This was a great loss to the community and sport. R.I.P. Vincent.
John J. Gallagher July 12, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Jennifer. (and Susan) ...hopefully you've both spoken on this.....I'd like to see a follow up from PATCH itself....an update to the article.....as it is the current update just says the young man is still in intensive care.... has his name "come up" in prayer requests in any local church(s) ?
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 12, 2011 at 09:45 PM
@john cordeiro. According to a phone conversation I had with Smithtown Town Councilman Robert Creighton last week there has been no serious discussion about a skateboarding park in Kings Park at this time.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 13, 2011 at 03:55 AM
@John Gallagher. Thanks for your inquiry John. Vincent unfortunately passed away and will be buried on Wednesday. Here is the most recent story and information. http://patch.com/A-kjq2
Cathy August 13, 2011 at 02:02 PM
That's not nice to say Laurie, I know many people who received excellent care at st Catharines.
Cathy August 13, 2011 at 02:05 PM
So true Vickie, as a mom who lost a child in the most horrible way last year, some of the most painful moments were reading the insensitive comments people made on the patch forum. Be kind people, we all make mistakes in life.
Cathy August 13, 2011 at 02:06 PM
True syd, let us not be cruel though
LCDR September 19, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Hey, that's a good hospital!! It's not a Trauma Center, but whoever goes there gets the best they have, & that's a lot. Easy on the ughs. Go over to Stony Brook's ER some night and tell us it's not 'ugh'. Of course now that St. Cat's has seen your name, Stony Brook is your only option. NO BED PANS FOR YOU.
LCDR September 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Ms. Rossi. Would you kindly update us if the family decides to sue Kings Park / NY State / Sen Flanagan / NY State Parks Commission / Suffolk County Park Commission. or any other entity that they may blame for their son's death. I'll get some heat on this, but the odds are 70 / 30 that a suit will follow. Please prove me wrong.


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