La Jolla man dies after skateboarding accident


Justin Tomerlin, a 27-year-old La Jollan, died this week, a couple of days after sustaining head injuries while skateboarding near his La Jolla home. The accident loccurred at 3:14 p.m. March 20 in the 5400 block of Moonlight Lane in La Jolla.

Tomerlin, a sports enthusiast who had been a football player at Nebraska University, was a salesman with Health Fusion in La Jolla, a healthcare information technologies firm.

“He was a magnificent human being and a very driven and amazing athlete,” said Chris Neppes, a friend of Tomerlin’s who is Health Fusion’s marketing director. “He was just a real inspiration to be around.”

Michael Ellano, an investigator with the county medical examiner’s office, said Tomerlin “was skateboarding without a helmet down a hill near his home when he fell and struck his head. Medics responded and transported him to Scripps La Jolla Hospital where he was diagnosed with a closed head (internal bleeding) injury. He was placed on life support, but unfortunately he was declared brain dead on Monday, March 22.”

Ellano said complications of blunt force trauma to the head was the cause of the accidental death.

Neppes said Tomerlin was very committed to the firm’s mission of getting medical professionals to upgrade to electronic health records.

He was one of the leaders of our company,” Neppes said. “We will sorely miss him.”

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Fellowship Church, 190 Avenida La Pata in San Clemente. Tomerlin graduated from San Clemente High School and his parents Mike and Lynn Tomerlin still live there.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.