Skateboarder Dies after Near-Miss with Vehicle

A skateboarder in Southern California died from head injuries sustained in an accident, according to UT-San Diego. The 14-year-old skateboarder was riding downhill on Nacion Avenue in Chula Vista near Tamayo Drive when he swerved to avoid an oncoming car and fell to the pavement, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Scott Arsenault.

According to witnesses, the boy was rounding a curve downhill and did not see the car in time. He swerved right, running into the curb, and landed on the pavement. It was dark and he was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car, a BMW, reportedly only “clipped” the skateboarder.

A nurse who witnessed the accident began performing CPR on the teen before he was taken to the University of California-San Diego Medical Center, where he died from his brain injury.

“It was dark and the BMW driver didn’t see the skateboarder,” said Arsenault. “She felt the impact and stopped. She didn’t do anything wrong.”

Our hearts go out to the victim and his family. Skateboarders should always skate in designated skate parks away from traffic, and wear a helmet and safety gear at all times. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured.

Bonnici Law Group, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.

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