PHS grad paralyzed in swim accident

A Petaluma teenager was paralyzed in an swimming accident this week in Lake Tahoe when he dove into shallow water and broke his neck.

Danny Cox, 18, a 2010 graduate of Petaluma High School and a talented long jumper on the track team, was on vacation with friends when the accident occurred at a South Lake Tahoe beach Tuesday afternoon.

His mother, Maureen McGowan, the owner of Graffiti Restaurant in downtown Petaluma, said Thursday that her son told her he did a flat dive in water that was two to three feet deep.

"A wave from a passing boat came, he felt the water push his head down into the sand, and he couldn't move after that" his mother said he told her.

"He kept repeating he didn't do anything stupid," she said.

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