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.
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.”