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.
–The Seegmiller Law Firm