RI State Champion Will Serth Suffers Head Trauma in Skateboard Accident

Rhode Island swimmer Will Serth is in recovery following a skateboard crash that resulted in severe head trauma. 

Serth was riding on a motorized skateboard on April 20 when he suddenly fell to the pavement and hit his head without wearing a helmet. Soon after the fall, Serth began experiencing seizures. A friend, who witnessed the incident called 911 and supported Serth until he was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI.  

According to the most recent update provided on the #WillPower Facebook Page, Serth is currently awake, but heavily sedated and still requires a feeding tube. In addition, Serth has begun to regain movement in his limbs, and is undergoing physical therapy from his hospital bed. 

Serth is a senior at Rogers High School in Newport, RI. During the 2020-2021 swim season, he was named a captain of his high school team. At Rogers, Serth holds several team records and was a Rhode Island State Championship qualifier during his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons (Rhode Island did not hold a State Championship meet during his senior season due to COVID-19). During his freshman campaign, Serth finished first overall in the 100 breaststroke at the Division 2 Boys State Championship with a time of 1:04.93. 

Serth came in second during his sophomore year, with a time of 1:05.67 and placed 3rd overall during his junior season with a time of 1:03.35.

Outside of school, Serth competes for the Newport County YMCA, where he is a New England Swimming Championship finalist. 

Serth´s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of his medical expenses. 

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4 months ago

Wear a helmet, kids.

4 months ago

Friends lost their 14 year old to a skateboarding head injury. He was a skilled and experienced skateboarder who didn’t wear a helmet because he was “right in front of his house” and wouldn’t do any tricks. It doesn’t matter how good or how safe you think you are: please wear a helmet skateboarding, bike riding, etc. I’ll be hoping for the best possible outcome for Will! sending support to teammates and classmates; this is hard on them too.

4 months ago

I think the obvious comment has already been made.
I pray for a full recovery!

4 months ago

praying for a full recovery!

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