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Support Grows for Murrieta Girl Seriously Injured in Skateboarding Accident

The community is rallying for recovery for Madison “Maddi” Olson, a 15-year-old Murrieta Valley High School student hospitalized with traumatic head injuries suffered Sunday in San Clemente.

(Screenshot/Prayers 4 Maddi Facebook page)
(Screenshot/Prayers 4 Maddi Facebook page)

The outpouring of support and well wishes for a Murrieta Valley High School student seriously injured in a skateboarding accident continued to grow Tuesday.

The tragedy that has Madison “Maddi” Olson, a 15-year-old sophomore, hospitalized with traumatic head injuries happened on Sunday in San Clemente.

Capt. Steve Concialdi of Orange County Fire Authority said they received a call at 3:01 p.m. Sunday that a female skateboarder was unconscious after falling in the 100 block of Trafalgar Lane, near S. Ola Vista in San Clemente.

Known as “T Street” to those familiar with San Clemente, the road is a steep incline that leads down to the beach.

“We were on scene in three minutes,” Concialdi told Patch. “She was en route to the hospital by 3:11...That is incredibly fast.”

Concialdi said the skateboarder, who was not wearing a helmet, was rushed in serious condition to Mission Regional Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.

Patch has learned that Maddi’s skull was fractured in the fall, which required emergency brain surgery and left her in a drug-induced coma.

A Facebook page was launched Monday, asking for prayers for Maddi. Family members have set up a fundraising campaign on Fundly.com, and are updating journal entries on Caringbridge.org.

Members of the local soccer community are also rallying for her recovery. The girls soccer team at Murrieta Valley High School, where she most recently played, planned to dedicate its home game Tuesday night to Maddi. They asked everyone to wear "surf blue" because it is her favorite color.

A local benefit event to help the family pay for medical expenses is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at The Rogue Restaurant, 41080 California Oaks Road in Murrieta, according to a Facebook event listing. The restaurant—next to Reading Cinemas and Chili’s—was recently opened by her parents, Patch has learned.

Students at Murrieta Valley are also being asked to wear blue when they return to school Jan. 14 after winter break.

“Madison is such a beautiful, lively girl, and she has so much more life left to live,” her sister wrote on Fundly. com. “We won't entertain the notion that she won't win this fight.”

Tricia McCoy January 08, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Jason .. our prayers and positive thoughts are being sent your way for Maddi and your family, stay strong and believe that she is truly loved and all that know her and love her will continue to send every positive thought available to her and your family. May God and all the angels continue to watch over her and her loved ones. Love to you all
cindy viglione January 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Jason, Gus & I are praying for Maddi and all of her family. So very sorry to hear of this. Miracles do happen....
Mary Rothschild January 11, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I drove upon the accident and stopped to help, what little we could do. I was very concern about the young woman and have been trying to find some information on her condition. I will keep Madison and your family in my thoughts and prayers for healing. I am glad to see such an outpouring of support from the community for Madison and your family. I just want to say that the two young men with Madison that day were quick thinking and knew to get help right away.
Light Load January 12, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Constant prayer keeps Maddi in our Lord's right hand.... Please pray this prayer: Dear Lord our Father, once again we ask you to continue to heal Maddi while you have her in your loving and healing arms, we wait dear Lord while we know that your timing is your will...we pray Lord not that you rush her healing but we ask Lord for her complete healing, complete is requesting that she return to her family, friends and entire community and that she shine as bright as she always has.... Lord as you shine in the light of this tragic accident and you surround Maddi's support system you have many eyes watching you and I know Father in Heaven that you will show your audience a miracle, that is only possible thru your son Jesus Christ, in his name we pray.... amen
Katie 0311 January 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM
What a terrible tragedy! I will be praying for this young girl and her family.

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