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11-Year-Old Longboarder Dies In Abbotsford Accident

06/05/2014 02:36 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:59 EDT
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An 11-year-old boy has died after a longboarding accident in Abbotsford, B.C.

Dustin Mackenzie was longboarding with his friends and a cousin on Saturday night when he fell off and hit his head on the pavement, CKNW reports. He was not wearing a helmet.

Mackenzie was transported to BC Children's Hospital but died a few days later, according to Global News. His family is donating his organs to help other kids.

A Facebook memorial page has been set up in honour of the young boy.

"I keep hoping I'll get back and he'll just walk in the door like its a big joke, big smile on his face," one group member wrote. "But I know in my heart he's in a better place. I know that he's smiling down on us and saying don't cry but I believe they are tears of joy from the memories he has given us and the ways he has impacted our lives in so many positive ways."

The sport of longboarding has been controversial in B.C.

A teen was hit by a truck and killed while longboarding on Vancouver Island in January.

Last August, the City of Vernon threatened longboarders with fines if they did not comply with bylaws that prohibit the boards from being on the streets.

In July 2010, a woman in her 20s died when she collided with a van while longboarding in North Vancouver.