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FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Skateboarder, 16, Injured in Crash with Driver at Slater and Ward Intersection

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California (Oct. 3, 2013) – A teenager was critically injured on Sept. 24 when he was struck by a driver while skateboarding at the intersection of Slater Avenue at Ward Street, according to a report by the Huntington Beach Independent.

About 8 p.m., the 16-year-old skateboard rider reportedly entered the intersection and was struck by the driver of a Lexus IS300 sedan. The injured boy was taken by paramedics to UCI Medical Center where he was treated for life-threatening injuries, the report said.

Fountain Valley Police are investigating the skateboard accident to determine liability for the boy’s injuries. The driver of the car and passengers in the vehicle helped the teen and called 911 for an ambulance.

Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident, but an investigation will look into other factors that may have caused the accident to determine liability for the teenager’s injuries.

“Witnesses indicated the skateboarder entered the intersection against a red light,” Police said in a press release.

Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact the Fountain Valley Police Department at 714-593-4484 to provide additional information.

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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Supected Drunk Driver Arrested After Skateboarder, 14, Killed in Placentia Accident

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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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Skateboarder Johua Schmittou, 26, Critically Injured in Temecula Car Crash

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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.

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

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LAGUNA BEACH, California  –  Skateboarders not wearing helmets may end up walking home now that a new city ordinance allows police to confiscate their board if they are caught without one.

Last night the Laguna Beach City Council made a radical decision to approve the new law in an effort to cut down on juvenile law breakers as an alternative to fining them $25 and requiring them to complete a counseling program. State laws fine those without a helmet $280.

Under the new city law, which does not apply to bicycle riders, police could take away a skateboard from a juvenile riding without their helmet and hold it for up to a month until the minor returns with a parent to claim it back. The city has implemented strict policies in the past including requiring people of all ages who skateboard to wear a helmet in contrast to state law that only requires minors to wear them.

Laguna Beach has been a popular haven for downhill skateboard enthusiasts from elementary school students to adults. Local skateboard companies offer sponsorships to some of the best skateboarders creating an incentive for amateurs to hone their skills for a chance to be on company teams.

However, the city has already cracked down on the sport with laws in 2011 by banning the activity on eight steep roadways, imposing speed limits, prohibiting acrobatics and outlawing the practice of weaving across traffic lanes. This year complaints led to the ban extending to Skyline Drive as complaints about skateboarders continued.

“While it may not be a popular ordinance, Laguna Beach has made a decision that will hopefully save lives and cut down on serious injuries typical in the sport such as concussion, Traumatic Brain Injury and closed head injuries,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Indeed, last year 11 people were killed in skateboard accidents with vehicles in California and some of them were not wearing helmets.”

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.

Also, 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.

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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OAK HILLS, California – (San Bernardino County) Jarod Alan Maxwell, 14, of Oak Hills was killed after being struck Thursday morning by a sports utility vehicle while he was riding his skateboard on Baldy Mesa Road, according to a report by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse was traveling northbound in the 7800 block of Baldy Mesa Road when he struck the teenager. Paramedics responded to the skateboard accident about 6 a.m. and transported the injured teenager to Desert Valley Hospital where he later died at 7:38 a.m. the same morning.

California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened.

The skateboard accident is one of several tragedies involving young people in the past week in Southern California.

Four days ago, Nicholas Drew Royals, 22, of Ontario was struck and killed while riding his skateboard home from work on Sept. 10, the coroner reported.  Royals was riding on the southbound side of Benson Avenue south of Moreno Street in Montclair when the driver of a teal 1995 Nissan Sentra hit Royals from behind. The driver stopped at the scene and called 911, but Royals was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:57 a.m. The driver told police he did not see the skateboarder due to his dark clothing.

Also, on Sept. 7, in Laguna Niguel, police are still trying to find the driver who struck and killed Carlos Salas, 20, of Laguna Niguel while he was riding his skateboard about 3:48 a.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The skateboarder was struck in the street about 3:48 a.m. by a driver who dragged him roughly 25 feet and then fled the scene of the crash. The vehicle was later abandoned less than a mile away, but they have not yet found the hit and run driver.

Fatal Skateboard Accidents in the United States

There were 42 skateboard riders killed in 2011 including 30 who were struck by a vehicle or that involved a vehicle in some manner, according to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report, a study compiled by Skaters for Public Skateparks, a non-profit skatepark advocacy organization located in Portland, Oregon.

Six of the vehicle-involved fatal crashes were in California, the state with the highest number of deaths totaling 11 in 2011.  Most of the people killed were young males ages 12 to 35 years old, only two victims were females, the report said.

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