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Teen hospitalized surfing on a Christmas tree

December 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
- A teenager was taken to the hospital Sunday night for head injuries he suffered while surfing on a Christmas tree behind a moving car. Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says the 18-year-old and another teen were riding on trees behind a sport utility vehicle in San Clemente when the car took a corner at 25 mph.

The tree veered wide and the 18-year-old was slammed into a parked car. He suffered moderate injuries, but officials expect him to survive.

Amormino says the driver fled. Authorities are now investigating the incident as a felony hit and run.