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Car surfing stunt on I-95 receiving national attention

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - "Car surfing", or "ghost riding" as it is also known, has taken roads by storm, turning dangerous highways into deadly ones.

One man is saying it needs to stop. He spent three months in the hospital. After numerous surgeries and therapy sessions, he now wants to spread the word about this popular but dangerous trend.

It was suppose to be for fun, but fun turned into tragedy after an almost-fatal accident.

Twenty-year-old Andrew Collazo fell off the roof of a car while attempting to car surf with his buddies.

Car surfing is when one person climbs onto the roof of a car and begins to "surf" as if they were on water.

Andrew doesn't remember the accident that cracked his skull. He says after numerous surgeries, he was like a newborn baby. He had to learn how to talk, speak and walk all over again. He also had to re-learn his parents and family members.

The stunt has become a YouTube sensation. One video was made right here in Palm Beach County on I-95 by Tim Wehage and his friend P.J.

"Not at all; we are not promoting car surfing," says Tim Wehage.

Their copycat idea came after seeing video of another YouTube guy car surfing and playing the guitar. Both videos are said to be fake.

"He just wanted to see if he could do it because he recently bought programs that would let him do that," says Wehage.

Andrew's father says no matter how fake the videos are, some people like his son, take what is fake and make it real.

It's this dangerous thrill that cost Andrew not only time but also nearly cost him his life. "Think twice about going out to recreate these stunts," says Andrew's father.

"I would say don't try it. It could lead to death," says Colazzo.

Car surfing is not only dangerous but illegal. Andrew's father says the teen who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident would have faced manslaughter charges if Andrew had died.

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