ESTACADA, Ore. -- A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital on Saturday after seriously hurting his head during a skateboarding accident at Milo McIver State Park, according to Oregon State Police.
The boy was skating down the park's entrance road, which is three-tenths of a mile straight downhill.
He was not wearing a helmet even though his aunt was following behind him in her car, according to police.
Oregon law requires kids age 15 and younger to wear helmets in public places on bicycles, skateboards, scooters and other devices with wheels.
On Sunday afternoon, police said the boy was improving and should be released from OHSU this week, although his name will not be released.
We talked to kids at a skate park in Oregon City who say they get mixed messages about helmets.
A boy named Colby, 14, says a bike accident at the very same park knocked out his two front teeth this summer.
Colby was not wearing a helmet then or now, even though he admits his parents told him to and he knows Oregon's law requires him to.
"I don't really know why I don't wear one," he said.
His buddies at the skate park aren't the perfect role models since only half of them wear helmets, at best.
A sign posted nearby lists the rules, including one in the middle of the old, worn-down sign saying helmets are "highly recommended."
It is not clear why the sign does not mention Oregon's helmet law and a spokesman for Oregon State Police was not sure if the law applied at the park in Oregon City.