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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Skateboarder Killed in Collision on Ocean Park Blvd near 23rd Street

Santa Monica PD confirms car v. pedestrian accident


September 2, 2016

Skateboarder Killed in Collision on Ocean Park Blvd near 23rd Street.

A young man was fatally injured in a collision with a car Tuesday night, just after 9 pm. He was skateboarding on Ocean Park Blvd near 23rd Street at the time, which is very near the Fairview Branch library. Below are details to the yesterday's fatal accident, from Saul Rodriguez, SMPD Public Information Officer

On August 30, 2016 at approximately 2107 hours, SMPD received 911 calls of a vehicle versus a pedestrian collision just south of 23rd St and Ocean Park Blvd.

Officers responded to the area and found a skateboarder lying in the roadway with severe injuries. SMFD Paramedics responded and immediately transported the skateboarder to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Unfortunately, the skateboarder succumbed to his injuries at the local hospital.

The driver of the vehicle did no sustain any injuries.

Skateboarder Killed in Collision on Ocean Park Blvd near 23rd Street.

SMPD's Major Accident Response Team (MART) responded to investigate the collision. A preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was driving southbound on 23rd St when the skateboarder entered the roadway in front of the vehicle.

The skateboarder was impacted by the vehicle. MART is completing a thorough investigation.

Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant, Chief's Adjutant / Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police, Santa Monica Police Department

There have been an unusually high number of traffic collisions in Santa Monica this year, including a fatal traffic collision involving a motorcycle in the McClure Tunnel on August 21st, just ten days ago. On the other hand, accidents and fatal accidents are up 20% in 5 years across the US. Increased driving, distracted driving, and high speeds are all blamed by experts.


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