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SAN CLEMENTE -- A teenager is recovering after slamming into a parked car while "Christmas tree surfing."

According to Orange County Sheriff's officials two people were riding separate Christmas trees tied to the back of a car around 10:45 p.m. Sunday night.

The car was trying to negotiate a turn when one of the trees flew out wide, slamming the 18-year-old into a parked car, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

Investigators are not sure if the two riders were standing or sitting on the trees, Amormino said.

The female driver fled, Amormino said.

The two passengers in the car, and the other teen who was riding one of the trees, stayed behind and told deputies that the car did not belong to the female driver.

The 18-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, suffered moderate injuries to his head and was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

He is expected to survive.

Deputies have had similar calls in the past, with people standing on the roof or hoods of moving vehicles or holding on to a moving car while riding a skateboard, Amormino said.

But this the first incident involving a Christmas tree that deputies have investigated, he said.