PBG car surfing teens speak out at Huntoon benefit

Hundreds pack gym for injured car surfing teen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - It was an emotional day for the family of the Palm Beach Gardens girl who was severely hurt from a "car surfing" accident.

While the injured girl, Hannah Huntoon, remains in a medically induced coma, the community showed their support at a "Dance for Hannah" benefit on Saturday at the Palm Beach Gardens Community High School.

Hundreds of people packed inside the school gym to watch the benefit show put on by the school "Gatorette" dance team, who Huntoon was an active member of before the accident.

"My daughter dances with them. I know where she would have been in the routine, it's tough," said David Huntoon, the father of Hannah Huntoon.

Among those in attendance, the three girls who were with Huntoon the night she fell off the back of a moving vehicle.

"It really doesn't matter how I feel. All I've been thinking about is Hannah non stop," said Megan Jacobson, the driver involved in the car surfing accident.

Jacobson, speaking out exclusively to WPTV NewsChannel 5, said not a day has gone by where she has not felt regret

"One of those things that will be imprinted in your mind forever but honestly. I mean it's great so everybody can learn from it, but at the same time it never should have happened in the first place and if I could take it back I would," said Megan Jacobson, the driver.

The passengers involved in the accident said they do not know where they got the idea from to car surf, but were just trying to have fun.

"What could happen? We're still in the car. And unfortunetly this (the accident)," said Alyson Casternz, the passenger riding on the front of the car at the time of the accident.

The group of girls said all they can do now is hope that others do not make the same mistakes they did.

"People can really get hurt from it and that's not something we thought of when it was happening and now it's just a lesson that we have to painfully learn from, everyday," said Sydney Annas, a passenger of the car.

Investigators have yet to file a report on the accident, but the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said charges are pending. Names though in regards to the pending charges have not been released.

Organizers of "Dance for Hannah" said the benefit raised about $8,000, all of which is set to help offset the medical costs for Huntoon.

Her family said Huntoon has made small improvements and has begun to open her eyes. They are hoping she will begin to breathe on her own in the coming days.

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