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Intoxicated Woman Dies In Car Surfing Accident

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A 23-year-old woman died Oct. 9 in Farmington, New Mexico, while car surfing.

Wilberta Becenti was standing on a vehicle as it drove over rough dirt roads through the Dunes Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area before she fell off at around 4:30 a.m. and died, The Daily Times reports.

Becenti was intoxicated, according to San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

An investigation into her death is ongoing and it has not been determined whether the driver of the vehicle was also intoxicated.

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Charges related to her death have not been filed.

This is one of more than a half dozen deaths by car surfing to occur this year, according to USA Today.

Five car surfing deaths that occurred prior to Becenti's accident involved teenagers; a sixth victim was 11 years old.

Brandon Lovett, 19, of Grand Junction, Colorado, fell off the trunk of a vehicle that was going less than 40 mph. He died two days later from the blunt-force head injuries he incurred.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, 11-year-old Anthony Baldonado died when he was thrown from a Jeep Grand Cherokee. In Aurora, Illinois, 17-year-old Stephen Woodcock died three days after he fell off the passenger-side running board of an SUV -- the accident occurred in his high school parking lot.

Kyle Scholia Cue, 18, of Rifle, Colorado; Gianni Garcia, 15, of Silver Springs Shores, Florida; and Ronte Goins-Nelson, 15, of Pittsburgh, also died this year while car surfing.

Some of the drivers in these cases were charged with reckless driving or careless driving.

In Goins-Nelson's case, the 23-year-old driver, his cousin Nadia Goins-Samuels, was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

There are some car surfers who survive what could have been deadly accidents, but not without serious injury. 

Fourteen-year-old Desire Anzona of Omaha, Nebraska, fell off the hood of her friend’s Jeep last month; she will recover from her skull fracture.

Columbia Heights, Minnesota, teen Andrew Green was lying on his stomach, holding the front grille of a friend’s car when he fell off and hit his head on the pavement. Part of his skull had to be removed and he was placed into a medically induced coma for a month.

"If I ever have the chance to tell someone or stop someone, I want to take that chance," Green said. "I don't want anyone to end up like this, and there is a possibility they could end up even worse than this.”

At the time of his hospital release, Green suffered from such severe headaches that it hurt to pick his head up off a pillow.

Sources: USA Today, The Daily Times / Photo credit: TVNewser

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