PLACENTIA, California – Police are seeking to find witnesses to a crash that killed a teenage boy who was allegedly riding his skateboard Friday night on Rose Drive, just north of Castner Drive, according to a report by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.
About 8:49 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, Anthony Duran, 14, was struck by a suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck who was traveling northbound on Rose Drive. Paramedics responding to the scene of the crash transported the injured boy to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but he died the following day at 9:40 a.m., the coroner said.
The Placentia Police Department reportedly arrested the driver on DUI charges, but he was later released as police investigate the circumstances surrounding the skateboard accident, the Orange County Register reported.
Impaired drivers driving under the influence of alcohol who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010 were nearly four times as likely to be driving at night (37 percent), than in the daytime (9 percent), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, there were 211 children killed in drunk driving crashes, but 62 percent of those or 131 deaths were to children who were riding with the impaired driver, the NHTSA reported.
According to the coroner report, however, the preliminary results indicated the boy was “retrieving his skateboard from the roadway when the accident occurred.”
Police are gathering evidence and investigating the circumstances that led to the skateboard accident to determine liability, but witnesses who saw the crash are needed to help in the investigation, police told the Register.
Witnesses are requested to call Officer Joe Connell at 714-993-8258 or Officer Mike Moore at 714-993-8179.
“There are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow this young man’s family and friends are experiencing right now,” Attorney West Seegmiller said. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff are with them as the cope with such a terrible loss.”
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