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Teenager Struck and Killed While Skateboarding in Daytona Beach

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on March 30, 2021

Police working in Daytona Beach are engaged in an ongoing investigation into the death of a 15-year-old adolescent male after they were hit by an SUV while riding a skateboard in Daytona Beach. At the time of this writing, the current reports indicate that it was sometime around 11:30 at night on Friday, March 26th, when the 15-year-old was riding their skateboard towards the intersection of Madison Avenue and White Street. At the same time, an SUV was headed towards the same intersection.

The skateboarder was wearing dark clothing, a fact which made them difficult to see in the Daytona Beach dark of night. Additionally, the reports indicate that the authorities have reason to believe that the skateboarder did not have the right of way when they reached the intersection and that this person was wearing headphones at the time, making it difficult if not impossible for them to hear what was happening on the road around them.

When they reached the intersection, the skateboarder apparently continued to ride forward and across the street, even as the traffic coming towards them had the right-of-way. One of these vehicles, the above-mentioned SUV, struck the skateboarder. The driver of the SUV stopped their vehicle immediately and remained at the crash site while authorities conducted the preliminary investigation into what exactly took place. The results of this investigation are still pending, but early reports stated that there is no reason to believe that the driver of the SUV failed in obeying the rules of the roadway.

Paramedics and EMTs were among the first responders to rush to the scene of the accident in order to tend to the badly injured skateboarder. When they arrived, they did their best to treat this person, but the injuries sustained by the 15-year-old were extremely severe. They were airlifted from the crash site and taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando. Sometime after arriving at the medical center, the young person succumbed to their injuries.

An investigation into the accident remains ongoing as authorities attempt to discover if there were any other contributing factors to the fatal collision between the SUV and the skateboarder.


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