I am terribly and undescribeably sad. Most of you have seen, met or know very well our dear friend Josh Waggoner. Yesterday afternoon at about 2:30pm Josh fell while street skating. His best friend, Wayne Engeron, was with him. The fall was to his ribs first and then Josh hit his head. He was immediately knocked unconcious. We got the phone call from Richard Williams at about 3:30pm and gathered our kids to head to the hospital for what we thought was a concussion. Upon arriving to the hospital we found out from Josh’s mom, Vicki, the severity of the situation was far worse. I stayed at the hospital with about 100 of Josh’s closest friends and family. We were allowed to visit him 3 at a time. The night dragged on. Spirits began to rise as we all told each other this could not be Josh’s time.
At about 1:00am Josh’s family, Wayne and Josh’s girlfriend were called back to meet with his doctor. There was a devastating silence in the waiting room. Finally, about 10 minutes later a hospital patient representative came into the room and told us the most unfortunate news we never wanted to hear. Josh is not going to make it. His brain was damaged beyond repair. He continues to be on life support while the family makes preparations for organ donation.
Never in a million years did I want to have to write something like this. My heart aches. My eyes sting. My mind cannot seem to wrap around the magnitude of losing such a sweet and loving young person.
We love you Josh!
On Behalf of the Skatepile Family
From the skatepile website...he was an amazing skater, and i used to skate with him at Woodward Skatepark...this is a reminder that Helmets do help, no matter how good you are, because josh could have def. gone pro...RIP