Woman, 83, Killed in Collision With Skateboarder

Calif. police probing deadly accident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2011 8:12 AM CDT
Woman, 83, Killed in Collision With Skateboarder
The accident took place at this intersection in Capitola, California.   (Google)

A 17-year-old skateboarder may face charges over the death of an 83-year-old pedestrian he ran into. Police in the seaside town of Capitola, Calif., say the teen was skateboarding downhill and passed a stop sign before slamming into the woman at up to 20mph. The teen has not yet been charged, but the incident is being investigated. "We have a pretty strict municipal code as far as no skating in the village for this exact reason," a police spokesman tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The woman's husband of 64 years says she was wary of skateboarders after having been hit by a flying board 15 years ago. "This poor lady walks through here and she gets nailed by a skateboarder," a Capitola resident tells KTVU. "They're coming down the hill, they're flying around here like crazy. Nobody does anything until somebody gets killed." (More skateboarding stories.)

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