Mooning car surfer badly injured

01:43, Jan 31 2009

A Nelson man who was mooning while car surfing has been badly injured after falling from the car's roof.

Kane Heal, 22, was in Christchurch Hospital's intensive care unit on Monday after the accident in North Canterbury on Saturday morning.

A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on the nature of his injuries, but police said on Saturday that Mr Heal suffered serious facial injuries when he slid along the road.

Senior Constable Chris Hughey of Hanmer Springs police said on Saturday Mr Heal had his trousers down and was mooning other vehicles from the car's roof when he fell off at a speed of at least 80kmh.

He said Mr Heal required facial surgery after sliding 20m face-first along State Highway 7 about 10km north of the Hanmer Springs turnoff.

Mr Hughey said Mr Heal had climbed on top of a Nissan car driven by his girlfriend as they travelled from Nelson to Christchurch.

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He was flown to hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Mr Heal completed a five-month home detention sentence in May for receiving stolen property. For much of the sentence, he was able to carry out paid work, and worked six days a week doing 12-hour night shifts at Enza. He told the Nelson Mail the wages helped him to buy outright a 1994 Nissan Sylvia car worth $4500, and that working was often the only thing getting him through the loneliness and depression of the sentence.

Defence lawyer Mark Dollimore was on Monday morning shocked to hear of the accident, and described Heal as a "nice kid".

Enza national operations manager in Nelson, Frank O'Connor, said Mr Heal was a diligent worker. "The accident is a real shame."

The Nelson Mail