A NEAR FATAL KAR KRASH, 1993
Ben was asleep in the back of a pickup truck when the head on collision happened !
Ben and his friends were headed to skate the Kennedy Warehouse when his car broke down in central CA. He and his friends were offered a ride and got a ride in back of a pickup truck headed the same direction, north to a Grateful Dead show, on August 13 , Friday the 13th ,1993. On Saturday August 14, 1993 5:53 AM Saturday little truck was in head on collision. Ben was asleep in the back bed of that pickup truck on America's most dangerous roads know as Blood Alley. Ben 24 years old was not expected to survive this car crash. He was in a coma for a few weeks and in the ICU for 6 months. Suffered PTSD for many years and just 7 years ago developed epilepsy as a result of this event from the severe head injury he sustained. Ben's car broke down on the way to a Grateful Dead concert and waited all night for the shop to open to repair it. There were two choices 1) to wait and freeze to death waiting for the mechanic shop to open 2) A friend suggested that he could hop in the back of pick up truck heading the same direction. While asleep in the pick up truck going 60 mph Ben flew out of the truck into the middle of the road and was also ran over by a car after being thrown out of the pick up. Leaving Ben with the 2nd worst injuries on scene. Ben was not expected to survive this crash . The passenger in the other car died. Some girl, who was the passenger in the front seat of the truck told Ben that the driver was carrying nitrous oxide in the truck and they were doing nitrous oxide in the car and before the accident she saw a balloon fly around inside the car cabin before the accident happened. The driver got away with murder.
Ben, rehabbed his brain & body by practicing yoga & building muscular
strength skating down a windy mountain road. He retrained his brain to grow new pathways to make new connections.
It took Ben almost 15 years to reappear, after surviving a near-fatal car accident. As a fearless skater not afraid, and as a skatepark entrepreneur in 2007. Ben Still rips in the parks he designed and annihilates the hills behind the Monrovia Manor transcending the schools, too. He even went on to win another Pro Contest. Placing #1 again among a bunch of today's top pros at RVCA mini ramp contest. He definitely made a come back and defied all odds against him.
( place cursor over image ) THRASHER PRINT AUGUST 1995
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WHILE RECOVERING IN THE ICU , BEN GOT PNEUMONIA , & DROWNED IN HIS OWN LUNGS - DIED & WAS REVIVED . IMAGE TOP RIGHT , FEEDING TUBE AND REPAIR INTERNAL ORGANS .
THIS PHOTO OF THE TRUCK SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
SKULL FRACTURE - COMA 2 WEEKS , ICU 6 MONTHS
THRASHER SENT BEN THIS " GET WELL" SIGNED MAGAZINE
HEALING FROM A LIFE ALTERING TBI AFTER THE ACCIDENT