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10 Year Old Skater Slammed Into a Truck
January 2001 in Buena Park, California
A Southern California boy was killed on January 2, 2001
when he skated into an intersection because he could not
stop fast enough at the end of a hill.
A 10 year old skater in Buena Park, California, was killed on
Tuesday, January 2, 2001 when he was unable to stop quickly enough at
the bottom of a hill. He slammed into a 50 foot semi
tractor-trailor and was killed instantly when he was dragged
under the truck, and crushed between the rear wheels.
The 10 year old boy was skating south on Valley View Street
in Buena Park, and he had just finished crossing the overpass
for the 91 Freeway. He was skating downhill, at an uncontrolled
speed, and when he reached the intersection of Valley View and
Trinidad, he was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting a
large, big rig truck that was making a left turn.
It was very bad timing because the truck came around the
corner just as the boy flew over the curb and into the
intersection. The truck driver felt a bump and stopped
immediately. When he saw what had happened, he called
the police and emergency medical personnel. The driver is
not expected to be charged with a crime, because there
was no way he could have seen the boy before he hit him.
The tragic accident happened just after 12:00 noon, while
the boy was playing with his 13 year old brother and a 13
year old friend. One of the other boys was riding a scooter
and one was carrying a skateboard, but neither of them were
hurt. There were several witnesses to the incident, and
unfortunately most of them were children playing in the area.
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