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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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Carlos Salas, 20, Killed in Hit and Run Skateboard Accident in Laguna Niguel

Monday, September 10th, 2012

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – Police are searching for the hit and run driver who struck and killed Carlos Salas, 20, of Laguna Niguel while he was riding his skateboard early Friday morning at the intersection of Golden Lantern and Marina Hills Drive, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The Saddleback College student was allegedly struck in the street about 3:48 a.m. by a black 1998 Nissan Maxima whose driver kept going and dragged him roughly 25 feet, according to a report by ABC 7 News. The driver quickly abandoned the vehicle less about a quarter of a mile away from where they killed the skateboard rider. Police have traced the vehicle to a Dana Point resident, but have not confirmed whether the vehicle’s owner is the actual driver at the time of the crash.

Paramedics responding to the scene of the pedestrian accident transported Salas to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo where he later died a short time later at 4:25 a.m.

If you have information about this skateboard accident please call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (949) 425-1860 or leave a tip at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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.

“Skateboarders are pedestrians and have rights under California law and drivers have duty to drive carefully when pedestrians are present,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “I am confident that police will eventually find this driver and he or she will likely be charged with felony hit and run and possibly vehicular manslaughter for leaving the scene of the crash.”

Families of victims killed in a skateboard accident have rights under California law too. The driver responsibly may not only be held criminally liable, but can be sued in civil court.

“This driver should be held accountable for his or her actions so that something like this never happens again,” Seegmiller said.

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