May 21, 2019

Aussie hurt ‘planking’ fighting for his life

Simon Hallam and friend - That's what you should have been doing Simon - Fishing, not sitting on the back of a car at speed.

Simon Hallam, a 20 year-old from Inverell, Australia is in intensive care in Newscastle’s John Hunter Hospital after alledgedly falling while planking on the back of a moving car.

Witnesses claim that Hallam was planking at the time he fell, but police dispute that, saying he was car surfing. Either was a young man is fighting for his life and things don’t look good.

Simon Hallam is in an induced coma with serious head injuries when he struck his head on the road after falling from a friend’s car on Monday night.

He was taken to Inverell Hospital and then flown to Tamworth Base Hospital and on to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

Witnesses said Mr Hallam, a plasterer, had been planking on the boot of the Holden Commodore at the time of his injury. But a police spokeswoman said the man had been standing on the boot of the car when he fell.

A 19-year-old man, also from Inverell, has been charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, negligent driving (occasioning grievous bodily harm) and negligent driving. He has been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in Inverell Local Court on June 16.

The accident comes only days after the death of another Australian, Acton Beale, 20, from Brisbane, who fell from a seventh floor balcony railing, while attempting to ”plank”.

The internet craze of planking, where people are photographed while lying face-down in unusual locations. Unfortunately, human nature dictates that more people will try and push the boundaries to get more sensational photographs.

The fact he was on a Holden is a factor. Wouldn’t have happened on a Ford would it?