Skateboarder killed in SF dubbed by GQ as one of skating’s ‘stars in the making’

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A skateboarder who was hit and killed by a truck in the South of Market neighborhood yesterday is being mourned by the skateboarding community.

Authorities say 26-year-old Pablo Ramirez was going down Howard and 7th Streets when he was hit Tuesday morning. 

Surveillance video shows Ramirez hanging onto the back of the truck.

The driver stopped as soon as they realized someone had been hit and cooperated with police. 

Ramirez died at the scene. 

Ramirez, nicknamed “P-Sliff,” was featured in a profile by GQ magazine last year, where they named him as one of skating’s “stars in the making.”

According to the profile, Ramirez was part of San Francisco skate crew GX1000, “a loosely organized gang of misfit skateboarders,” some pro skaters and other amateurs. 

The profile goes on to describe GX1000 taking on the “de facto skateboarding capital of North America,” where skate filmer Ryan Garshell describing the “rare breed of skater who thrives here [in SF].”

“They can be technically really amazing at certain things on a skateboard, things that most of us could never do,” Garshell said. “But they will never go down some of the hills that we go down. Out of fear alone. It takes a certain kind of skater.”


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The spot where Ramirez was hit was also just one block from where a bicyclist was hit and killed 6 weeks ago. 

Officials are still looking at surveillance footage to determine exactly what happened. 

Meanwhile, social media has become flooded with tributes pouring in for the late skateboarder.

You can read some of the tributes below:

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