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Police believe 'car surfing' led to Cedar Rapids teen's death

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Car surfing is what investigators believed led to a Cedar Rapids teenager's death over the weekend.

The scary stunt is when someone is hanging on the outside of the car while the car is in motion.

Cedar Rapids Police say 16-year-old Shana Chavez was on the back bumper of an SUV a 17-year old male was driving in the parking lot of Theisens' in Cedar Rapids, Friday night.

Chavez fell suffering a traumatic injury, and later died.

"I find it disturbing," said a parent Bridget Stipanobich. "I've never heard of it until this incident. Think about your future, for a few minutes on a car, it's not worth it. hit a roller coaster or something, something more stable. it sounds ridiculous."

However, 18-year old Scott Swiontek says he has heard of it.

"I just know that people sometimes get on top of cars and I haven't really seen it or done it myself," said Swiontek.

The dangerous trend looks fun, but it can be fatal.

YouTube videos show thrill-seekers on the bumper, hood, roof, and other exteriors of a car while another person drivers fast in parking lots or streets. 

"Oh that's risky let's do it. I think it's just the thrill you get out of it," said 16-year old Julieta Rangle.

Rangle says she's never done it, but thinks teens just like her should think before doing.

"Think about what could actually happened and not just think about the fun part," said Rangle.

During a vigil for Chavez's family, her sister told KWWL it was made a mistake Chavez made just minutes after getting off work, costing her life.

"You know, be smart. Learn form this experience, learn from all this pain we're going through now. She made one mistake," said Chavez's sister Chevelle Chavez."

"Thrill of it is definitely something, kind of like in the moment kind of thing," said Swiontek. "Then also there's peer pressure too, if somebody says 'oh hey we should try this it'll be really cool.'"

Investigators are working with the Linn County Attorney's Office to see whether criminal activity - if any - was a factor in the accident.

However, Greg Buelow, Cedar Rapids Police spokesperson says that is standard with any case being investigated.

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