Shortly before 2.00 a.m. on September 6, Brian Wayne Conner, a 36-year-old paraplegic who had no legs due to a war injury, was badly injured while riding his skateboard and attempting to hang onto the undercarriage of a trailer rig.
The incident happened as the vehicle made a right turn up Santa Monica Avenue, near Bacon Street. The driver was reportedly unaware that Conner was attempting to hitch a ride. Conner lost his grip on the rig and ended up under the wheels of the vehicle.
Conner is a homeless Army veteran and well known among O.B. locals. He moves around on his skateboard by pushing himself along with his hands.
He was taken to hospital and is in critical condition after suffering a crushed pelvis and severe internal injuries.