Hingham Teen Dies After Riding On Car’s Rear Bumper

HINGHAM (CBS) – A Hingham teen has died following a tragic accident just a week after graduation.

Hingham police said 18-year-old Sean Ryan climbed onto the rear bumper of a friend’s car. It traveled a short distance to a driveway, but the teen apparently fell off and was seriously injured.

Ryan, who had just graduated from Hingham High School a week earlier, was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he died Saturday night.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Police said unopened alcohol was found in the car, which was driven by 19-year-old Nicholas O’Keefe of Hingham, but they said O’Keefe was not impaired or under the influence.

Police added that they expect to file charges when their investigation is completed.

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  • emom


  • Vera Carroll

    Another stupid action by a teen that thinks nothing bad will ever happen to them.

    • Deb greenleaf

      That’s a thoughtless and very mean remark!

  • kpday

    probably an overall good kid who made a dumb mistake that ended in tragedy and his friends and family should have our condolences instead of our scorn and mockery.

    • Donny


      Well said.

      We’ve all done such innocent things as teens… but this poor kid wasn’t fortunate enough to walk away from this.

      My condolences to his family and friends for such a tragic loss as this. And my sympathies for miserable souls who see fit to leave such heartless, flip, and judgemental comments in its wake.

    • Nancy

      Well said kjpday. This family needs our prayers and understanding. A boy with a promising future. One dumb act of a teenager and his family will never be the same. May God bless them and their family.

    • tsal

      kpday – very well said and I do not believe that anyone of us has not done something just as foolish in or life. My condolences to the family for such a tragic loss.

  • mike

    another victim of natural selection

  • petem

    My deep condolences to the Ryan family…
    Note to all the conscience-free trolls: this could have been your son, your brother, nephew or best friend. Just because you have the anonymity of the internet to give you the courage to say things you couldn’t to someone’s face, doesn’t mean you should.
    Grow a set and feel for the parents and families who just lost someone they loved. You might be next.

    • Lori

      I DO feel sorry for the family. I cannot feel sorry for the kids. THEY were the ones who did this (including the young man who died). WHY in the world are people so stupid sometimes. Instead of saying “grow a set & feel for the parents” I say grow a set and admit when you see stupidity, which I clearly see here. If it were my kid would I miss them, absolutely, but I would also admit my kid had been stupid in his actions.

    • tsal

      petem – also very well said but sadly they will not listen to you. They will continue to sit in judgement of others from their “perfect” little worlds.

  • emom

    If this was merely a unfortunate mistake,,, then Why does this seem to happen so often and with teens… I feel sorry for the families that have to be faced with this,,, I just wish many more would see the dangers in these actions way before they attempt it…Its so senseless…. Good kid or not ,,, I just wonder why…..and before others seem to ask that ?? to me… NO I never did something foolish , especially if danger was invovled,,, Never took a dangerous risk of any kind,, NOT even drinking before it was leagl,, Just saying…….. as a parent I have been trying very hard to understand the racional behind the acts of these foolish acts… I have a young child and have talked in lenght about such stories and my child too ask WHY.. Maybe thats something others have had to deal with…..WHY

    • emoms spell check

      and it happens to teens because people who are smart enough not to ride on bumpers or learn their lesson grow up into adults that know enough not to do it

    • miley

      yea because you here about kids falling off the bumper of cars all the time get real emom you must live in a fantasy world

      • emom

        Miley,, YES I have heard and read about stories JUST like this,,, But it happened many years ago not once but at least 3 times While I was growing up, SO YOU GET REAL… kids car surfing, truck surfing.. Hanging on the bumper of cars and trucks while on rollers skates those old fashion metal ones, inline roller blades, skate boards, bikes,,, YEAH I HAVE SEEN IT ALL.. Read it and heard about the banged up bodies as a result of it and those that ended in tragedy,,,, I hardly live in a fantasy world,, JUST the real world,, I am believing you are just to young to understand,,,, if not you would have seen many stories just like this growing up

  • menotu

    do we have to charge the 19 year old at all Not like he made the kid get on the bumper. one life is already fux lets not fux another one up

  • gordo

    What charges? Stupidity? Being male? We used to ride on car roofs all the time when we were HS seniors (thank our lucky stars we got over it by the time we were in college!). Community service maybe, but no need for jail time here – the driver’s life is already going to be ruined with remorse.

  • shotime

    Fearless kids; it won’t happen to me! The problem is it does happen, all too often! As for charges… this kid has already been handed a life sentence living with the fact that he had played a part in his friend’s death.

  • Willow

    This is a story we hear way too often. Young teens just about to enter a new phase of their lives and then it’s cut off suddenly. I agree, we have all done at least one stupid thing as a teen and have lived to tell about it. I can only imagine the heartache of this family, and this young man’s friends. What I don’t understand is why will charges be filed?

    • tsal

      I agree Willow – there should be no charges.

  • lynnie

    How fast was the driver going to cause such a fatal accident? This was stupidity on both the driver and the rider. It’s unfortunate that “fun” gets in the way of common sense and we have to hear about these tragic passings. It happens way too much. With that being said, my condolences to the family and friends of the young man who lost his life.

  • Lori

    Emom, stupidity happens everywhere, NOT just in neioghborhoods where there are drugs. And these “kids” were not really kids at all but very young (and very stupid) adults, over the age of 18. Parents do not need to be around after that age.

    • emom

      LORI this statement is from a fake emom, one that has a sick obsession and feels the need to create strife even on stories like this…. I have never made statements like this…. But unfortunate I can not stop this person since WBZ has changed their blog site some time ago and appears that there is no safety in who can write here… or for that matter impersonate others that blog here… but I think I know who it is ands some others have seen this FAKE emom around… this person just has issues and nothing better to do but create problems,,,,

  • emom

    AT it again FAKE EMOM.. Really have nothing better to do than to ridicule others.. YOU need to get a grip on reality… sorry if others read this and believe I CONDONE this statement..,, I personal have not stated this…, This statement is that of an IMPERSANATE , all because this person has a GRUDGE against me.. What a shame they have nothing better in life But to create problems,,, SUCH A SAD person this is to be like this. This fake emom needs to find them self and look past all the bitterness .. My apologies even thou this statement was not from me the real EMOM. I do hope this person that loves to impersonate folks get real help. A truly sick individual

    • emoms spell check

      just looked up IMPERSANATE and its not in the dictionary

      • emoms spell check spellchecker

        I am wondering if it makes you feel better about yourself by putting others down. By the way, “……its not in the dictionary”….. should be “it’s not in the dictionary.” Not so easy to be perfect, is it?

  • response

    Where were the parents???serously…the kid was 18…if you wanted parents around, can you see all the mom’s of soldiers overseas saying “don’t pick up that gun sonny, someone will get hurt”

    there comes a time, you have to let go and hope your children make good decisions

  • tsal

    emom – sorry there is someone pretending to be you. I don’t agree with what you have said but you certainly have the right to say it and making fun of you or anyone else on here by using your name should not be allowed. CBS/BZ needs to have a sign-in – just as ALL other blogs do.

    • Willow

      tsal, I also agree in that there should be a sign in for these blogs. I too hate bullying in any way, shape or form.

      • emom

        WIllow sadly the bullies seem to enjoy their brand of ridiculing of some. There should be a sign in for the forum…. Unfortunately these BULLIES are mere children in adult bodies… I just hope there are no children that learns from this and continues the cycle.. Just like all the drinking and driving and texting while driving,,, after all they learn it from someone along the lines…. No that is truly sad indeed,,,

  • cindy

    I dont think you have a right to judge what street they were on. it happens to be a beautiful street, also drugs are EVERYWHERE open your eyes no matter where you go, and drugs werent involved in this accident. open your eyes and think before you speak or judge

    • emom

      Cindy just to let you know that post about drugs with my name on it,, WAS not from me… Its an imposter,,, Just want you to know that,,,, There is a troll on line that feels free to impersonate others here on the blogs Just FYI

  • BruinsFan77

    I don’t believe the rate of speed in this case is relevant. If you were familiar with Tudor Place, you would know that there was absolutely no way speed played any part here. Besides, a traumatic brain injury can happen when falling in the shower or off of a chair.

    While I don’t know the Ryan or O’Keefe families, I do know they certainly don’t deserve the negative, insensitive comments being posted here. Would you be so quick to pass judgement if this was one of your child’s friends? Hell, this could have been your child. This could be YOU going through this nightmare right now. Something to think about.

    My thoughts and prayers to both families.


  • The Batman

    This happened to my daughter when she was sixteen. Like all teenagers, she thought she was ten feet tall and bullet-proof. Her boyfriend had brought her home, he pulled in the driveway and she got out. When he backed out to leave she climbed on the trunk and told him to drive up the street and drop her right in front of our house (a distance of about 200 feet). When he pulled to a stop, she went to slide off the car and got her foot caught in the trailer hitch and she tumbled off onto her head. She was lucky in that she only got a concussion. There is nothing criminal here. There did not appear to be any drinking going on and the last I checked the state hadn’t passed legislation banning risky behavior and poor judgement. My heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of this young man for the great loss they have suffered and will continue to endure. I know what they are feeling because even though I did not lose her to poor judgement I did lose her to cancer six months ago. It doesn’t matter how they die, the pain is still the same.

    • Lori

      I’m sorry for the loss of your daughter. You are right though, it does not matter how they died the pain is still there. I would like to add too that it doesn’t matter how long they are here on this earth (or not) the pain is still there.

  • emom

    Why do kids have the need to risk their life or that of someone else.. What is the THRILL is death… And why is normal for kids to go to the extremes, and use no safety in mind… Would you allow your kids to Bungee jump with out safety,, mountain climb with out safety,,,, Go out on a boat with out safety,, well maybe we should just hand the keys to the little ones, give kids no supervision at all… I mean after all it sure seems we are uncaring towards the youth of today… SORRY,, I feel we have completely lost touch with what truly matters… for the last month we have read so many teens , or younger kids doing something that defies logic… Drinking and driving,,, Oh what’s the big issue its no big deal by the youth,,,, now this not to mention a few other stories that beg the ?? To be asked… WHY… Do all teens HAVE to risk their lives is it some kind or ritual, is there a purpose or some kind of right of passage… No many are sensible, BUT those are ridiculed for NOT TAKING A HUGE RISK……, really so the only way to be accepted into life is to kill your self , hurt your self, or others… WOW, that’s so unacceptable…. Glad I took the better path in life,,,, I feel for the family.. They are is a lot of pain….

  • Canucksuck

    emom, take you pathetic life off of this page and stop commenting. Im sorry that you feel obligated to rant on this issue but considering you do no know Sean you honestly have no right to say these things. Sean was an amazing kid whom was always trying have fun and live his life to the fullest. Teenagers like to have a good time. I can say that I have climbed onto cars a few times myself. What happened to Sean was a freak accident. This could have happened to anyone. He was truly a great kid. I think it would be appropriate for you to leave this alone. Your being extraordinarily disrespectful and I think Sean deserves peace. Sorry that his death upset your perfect world but accidents happen.

    • emom

      Canucksuck,, OK will you tell me what I have said that was so disrespectfull, I truely need to know,,, I have not mentioned this kids name,, I merely stated that I do not understand why TEENS take risks… so again I ask … Tell me what I the REAL EMOM SAID…. iF YOU HAD READ all the post, youwill find there is an imposter writing as me… sadly this person has severe issues…. and I will not appoligize for that persons ridicule…. so please enlighten me to my disrespect.. PLEASE

  • DrStrangelove

    People are posting that these kids aren’t stupid and just want to have fun. Really? A kid is dead. And seriously, what kind of “fun” were you all planning on having with the illegal alcohol you had in your possession? Just a bunch of good kids, huh? I’m not buying it. Tragic accident – Yes. But take RESPONSIBILTY for your actions and the fact that underage kids with alcohol ARE up to NO GOOD.

    • emom

      DrStrangelove, Thank you you are right and its a big issue with teens today… I just wish they would see it that way as well

  • emom

    ..@ emom spell check get a life,,, WHAT MAD, you got deleted,,. SORRY but not my problem.. That FAKE message from EMOM was yours.. Seems someone didn’t like what was said and took it off. Get a life .

  • tsal

    I wish – sincerely wish – that you would read the comment by Canucksuck, emom. This isn’t something new. This is timeless. Kids are kids are kids and they do stupid things. It’s a very sad part of growing up. I bow to the fact that you and Dr. Strangelove and anyone else with the insensitive and uncalled for comments were perfect when teens. Clearly you feel you are also perfect now. For the rest of us mere mortals, I know how many dumb things I did and every other person I know did. It’s a horrible, tragic, accident. Let the family and friends of this boy grieve without having to face the comments here that literally make my stomach turn.

    • DrStrangelove

      How is the fact that I called this “a tragic accident” being insensitive? Would you prefer I take your view and call them all stupid moron teens? WTH. A kid is dead, and these kids were illegally transporting alcohol. Do you have a problem with math or is adding one plus one too difficult for you? Smarten up. A kid is dead, these holligans were going to harm someone with their intents, and you’re boohooing because I call it tagic? Thanks, Ice Princess. Hope your teens are all safe and tucked in.

      • tsal

        Sadly no ones teens are safe and tucked in and we can only pray that what has happened to this young man doesn’t happen to someone we love and only be thankful the same didn’t happen to us. That was a low comment even for you. Just wondering where I ever called anyone a “stupid moron teen.” And “these hooligans were going to harm someone with their intent?” Really? Were you in the car? Again – I bow to your perfection. It appears me that most of us would fit under your definition of “hooligans”

      • emom

        DrStrangelove, they think they are invincible , I agree with you, It seems many do not understand the pain a parent will go thru. Their emotional state how they feel morning & night, day after day, month after month a year from now. The pain that engulfs them , consumes them and the never ending Questions that they never truly get the answers for. We have seen so many tragedies in the last few weeks, and every one was senseless. I wonder if society has become insensitive to mortality. That risky behavior is a right to passage. Like life is some fraternity hazing. I have had the displeasure of loosing a few friends the pain from that lasts a life time. Sure you go on in life, knowing to never do that.. But I guess I can not understand why it has to happen in the first place, and I am sure many parents ask those questions every time.. I guess I was a lucky person growing up, I never took risks, but because I have not some seem to think I live in a fantasy world,, I doubt I do, I live in the reality and sadly It is a scary place… so forgive me for having feelings, Or maybe is that something that’s not real.

  • rip sean ryan

    please take your little fight elsewhere and let this great kid that was sean ryan rest in peace.

  • Canucksuck

    Please, out of respect for Sean cease commenting on this. If you would like to share your ideals about how teenagers should behave, feel free to give each other your emails and continue this argument privately. Your continued comments are simply making you look bad. I think we can all agree to stop this now. Sean was a fantastic kid. Truly a great person. He lived his life like we all should. If you feel that he was living his life the wrong way by having a good time then you clearly have not experienced life to its fullest. Take your discussion elsewhere. Please. Out of respect for Sean and all whom cared for him.

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