TEMECULA, California – An adult skateboarder suffered major injuries Wednesday night after being struck by a car while riding across Winchester Road near Ynez Road, according to a Press Enterprise report.
About 8:30 p.m., Johua Schmittou, 26, of Temecula was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital for treatment after being struck by a vehicle driven by Sandra Orlaski of Temecula. Orlaski was traveling eastbound in her car when the collision took place, the report said.
Witnesses are asked to call the Traffic Division at the sheriff’s Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.
Skateboarding Accident Statistics
In the United States, there were 14,783 children aged 14 years and younger that were taken to emergency rooms with head injuries while engaging in skateboarding in 2009, according to the to an American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) report.
Skateboarding ranks fifth in the top 10 sports-related activities leading to head injuries for children ages 14 years old and younger. The top four sports leading to head injuries in these children were cycling (40,272 injuries), football (21,878 injuries), baseball and softball (18,246) and basketball (14,052 injuries).
Additionally, according to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report conducted by Skaters for Public Skateparks, Inc. (SPS) there were 43 reported deaths of skateboarders in the United States in 2011 including 11 in California, four in Texas and three in Virginia. The study showed that only one skateboarder was killed at a skateboard park and the other 40 were in public streets including 30 involving vehicles.
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