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Pleasanton skateboarder home from hospital after recovering from accident injuries

Original post made on Jul 19, 2013

Dylan Alexander, the 15 year old who was injured last week in a skateboarding accident, came home from the hospital Thursday after treatment for a head injury suffered when he crashed into a street light pole off Grey Fox Circle in southeast Pleasanton.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 19, 2013, 7:13 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by Christine
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

This is my best friend's son. He's a good kid. Please keep him in your thoughts as we are all hoping for the best outcome.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

We heard all the sirens last night.. Keeping him in prayer for sure... please no one start a string making this negative.. pray only

Posted by Mark
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

Neighbor, thanks for posting to not make this a string of negative comments!!! This happened as many things do, however the positive outcome is what we all really want. He is absolutely in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

Was he wearing a helmet?

Wear a helmet when you skateboard.

Posted by D
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I grew up on this street, my parents still live there. Such a tragic accident. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by kbenson
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

All the best 4 the kid and his family.

@ the same time, can parents please do more to ensure kids wear head protection when riding bikes/skateboards and those funky skateboards with the t-handles?

I see many kids riding w/o helmets on the streets and at schools. I know people think "My kid is safe" but lets make him/her safer with a bit of extra protection. + I am fairly sure it is the law.

Posted by Vintage hills
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

Where is an update on the young man's condition.? He is in our prayers for a complete healing...

Posted by Lisa
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Any update on this? He and his family and friends are in my heart and prayers.

Posted by Lisa
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Thank you so much for the update. I was hoping to read news like this that he is recovering. My prayers remain with the family and loved ones of this young man. And such grace being shown by the family during such a horrible tragedy is so touching. Be well young man. Please recover. It's clear you have a wonderful family there with you. God Bless.

Posted by Ryan
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

I'm good friends with the family and chatted briefly with the young man's dad last night. Good news! It sounds like he's showing some progress in his recovery. Initially he was on life-support with three very serious skull fractures, massive brain swelling, and even bleeding. He was taken off life-support two days ago as result of making progress in his recovery. His dad says that he's starting to come around...swelling beginning to reside, etc. but obviously not out of the woods yet.

My own son and I were just fishing with this boy, his younger brother (whom witnessed the accident), and their father just about a month ago. It was a beautiful day fishing together! He's truly a great young man. Keep your hopes up for him.

Posted by praying
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

Prayers being sent up for the family and for perfect healing of this young man. Such a tragedy, and such a reminder to all of us that in a split second our lives can be turned upside down. Praying...

Posted by Street Science
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

This morning we were contacted by a well known skate company looking for contact information. They would like to help this kid and his family out in some way. If anyone personally knows the family and they would like to speak to the company's rep, please email me at Hope he fully recovers! The rest of you skateboarders be careful out there.

Posted by Mom
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I just wanted to thank you all for the love and support given to my son during this tough time. I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to us for all your prayers, positive thoughts, and overall love that has been shown to my son. He is on the road to recovery and its getting stronger with each day. It is a great feeling to know there are so many wonderful people out there. Once again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Posted by Darlene
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

Please, can someone give me hints on how to reinforce teens to wear helmets? I have a 15 year old that never wears one and it's always a big argument. Can we get the police involved to the point the start giving them sitations. I know their busy but we need to start protecting our teens with our own visions for their futures.

Posted by Lisa
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Dear Mom:

Your update brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for taking the time to share as many if us are praying for your son and will keep doing so. I'm in awe of the grace at which your family has shown during such a difficult time.

Please know your community is here for you. Please post if there's anything at all we can do to assist you. I know I speak for so many in the community that would love to help in any small way.

Our prayers are with you and your son.

Posted by father
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My family and I want to thank everybody for their prayers and thoughts. I am amazed at what this community has to offer when tragedies occur or when a serious topic is brought to our attention. My son is doing very well considering the circumstances. Only time will tell on how well he recovers, but for the most part he is doing extremely well and hope to have him home soon. I've not been much for praying in the past or believing in a specific religion,but after feeling the positive thoughts and prayers given for my son and family I've come to realize much differently. There's a reason for everything. Despite what belief you have, there is a reason for feeling the energy and hope this community, friends and family has given me. I also understand the importance of safety concern that the community has as well as myself. Raising children and stressing safety are difficult tasks as kids can tend to disagree and argue. So please understand that we believe and hope that this accident might prevent or help others from happening. This has been a trying time for all of us and again want to stress how important it is to pull it together for everybody, everywhere. AGAIN ...... thanks to everybody. All prayers and thoughts are extremely wonderful and heart warming. Thank you all

Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

A 14-yr old family member had a similar injury from a bicycle accident around 1970 with skull fractures, bleeding in skull, etc. He was in intensive care for a few weeks and out of the hospital after 3 weeks (no brain damage). I'm writing this for the family of the boy so they know that in 2013 doctors are much more able to help his son to a recovery so I have confidence he's in very good hands.
Maybe an E.R. doc at Valley Memorial can do a YouTube video talking to kids about what he/she has seen to get them to remember to grab that helmet every time they get on a bike or scooter. Prayers for the family and this young man.

Posted by Darryl
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jul 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

Our grandson Dylan was released from the hospital yesterday. It will be a long slow recovery. I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.We have truely felt the outpouring of care and loving.Thanks to all.

Posted by Judy Alexander
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jul 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

After reading comments the one from Cholo has made me think all day. We all know that helmets should be worn, if you have children especially boys you know you cannot follow them around all the time. As parents and grandparents we tell them what they should do but as children they feel like I won't get hurt. Hopefully from this horrible accident that my Grandson had some good will come. Driving around I have not seen any skateboarders with helmets and at the skate park that is also the case. Maybe Cholo should show a little more compassion to a young man who could have lost his life than the flat statement that was made. Thanks again for the support from the community. Dylan is strong and so loved.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

so happy to hear he is home recovering... my son is grown now and he would fly on his skateboard and I would worry so much... i am happy he is going to be ok!! our sons, they have no fear and just want to play! God is Good!

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