A teenaged skateboarder was struck and hospitalized late Thursday evening in Escondido, though only he is expected to receive punishment for the incident.
According to Sergeant Eric Skaja from the Escondido Police Department, the collision took place at around 8:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Easy Valley Parkway, where a 14 year old boy attempted to skate across the street when he was struck by a passing vehicle. “He was struck by the front end of the car and made contact with the windshield of the car, and fell off the side of the car.”
The teen, who has not been identified, suffered minor head injuries and lacerations to the forehead and was taken to nearby Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment. The driver who struck the teen, and 84 year old woman, was unhurt but in shock at what had just transpired.
In their investigation into the collision, police determined that the vehicle involved was traveling between 35 and 40 miles per hour, within the posted speed limit, and that the boy was attempting to make his way across the street outside a marked crosswalk. As a result, the elderly woman will not face charges. Upon his release from the hospital, the teen could face a citation for jaywalking. “A skateboarder is a pedestrian and is required to use a crosswalk to cross the street safely,” says Skaja.
As a pedestrian, you also possess the responsibility to watch out for automobiles when attempting to cross the street. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way, and outside a marked crosswalk, those on foot, on board, and on bike must yield to those behind the wheel.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash involving a wayward pedestrian such as this, you should seek help, as there are legal protections in place to help accident victims get what they need. With the assistance of an experienced San Diego car accident attorney, compensation can be earned to pay for things like car repair payments, medical bills, and even replace wages from times spent away from work.
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