Poignant tributes left to skating crash victim

TRIBUTES Flowers left at the scene of the accident at Clarence Parade, Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
TRIBUTES Flowers left at the scene of the accident at Clarence Parade, Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs

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TRIBUTES have been left in memory of a young man who died after crashing into a concrete post while ‘land surfing’ in a car park.

The post where the tragedy is thought to have happened was yesterday surrounded by floral tributes to the Lithuanian victim, who has been named by friends as Laimonas Daunoras.

TRAGEDY Laimonas

TRAGEDY Laimonas

Dozens of pink and white roses were among the bouquets of flowers laid in the car park of the D-Day Museum in Clarence Parade, Southsea.

A framed photograph taken in Southsea of Mr Daunoras on a bike was also left as a tribute to the 26-year-old.

More than a dozen candles had been lit, along with one in a holder that read ‘friendship is everlasting.’

Other tributes written in Lithuanian were left at the scene, along with messages that read ‘in loving memory Laimonas’ and ‘heartfelt sympathy.’

It is understood that Mr Daunoras, who was living in Oliver Road, Southsea, had been planning to visit parts of Europe this summer before the tragedy happened.

He was with two friends ‘land surfing’ on a wheeled board in the private museum car park when he crashed into the post.

Mr Daunoras was not wearing a protective helmet at the time.

It is understood that his feet were strapped to the board.

Mr Daunoras – who has not yet been formally named by Hampshire police – suffered life-threatening head injuries in the crash. The emergency services were called and he was treated at the scene.

He was then taken by air ambulance to the neurological unit at Southampton General Hospital where he was put on life support.

Police alerted the man’s family and friends.

Mr Daunoras died on Monday night with relatives and friends at his bedside.

No-one else was injured in the accident, which happened shortly after 6pm on Sunday.

Police have prepared a file for the coroner.

The tragedy has sparked calls for people taking part in the sport to ensure they wear protective head gear.

Land surfing is not permitted on the private car park, according to Portsmouth City Council seafront manager David Evans.

Mr Evans said community wardens would speak to anyone who they spotted taking part in the activity or any other sport in the car park to highlight the risks. He said people taking part in risky activities would be asked to move on.