Skateboarder dies after collision with carUPDATED 7:16 PM HST Jun 05, 2014Video Transcript
this week. Young, or old, no one is immune to serious head injures after a fall from a skateboard. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji de Nies. Today the injuries were fatal. A 54-year-old skateboarder died after he slammed into a car in Kaimuki. KITV's Catherine Cruz has the details in tonight's top story. 10-13 Investigators closed off section of 10th Avenue just after noon today. The 911 call sent police and ambulance to the accident scene. - Lt. Bobby Town 26:55- 27 04 - "We found out that a skateboarder a male in his mid fifites was riding down Alohea when he made a hard right turn and collided with a car that was stopped at the stop sign." Police said the man hit the back side of this SUV and was thrown on impact. His skateboard landed halfway up the block. Initally investigators said the man did not have any id on him, but at the hospital staff were able to identify him as a Maunalei Avenue resident so he was not far from his home. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the car was a 67-year-old Pearl City resident. Police say skateboard statistics are being collected. Just a few days ago there was another skateboard crash in Aiea. - 27:41 -27: 51 -"We just had another one that did not qualify as a moving vehicle collision. A 14-year-old kid was critically injured riding on the roadway. He was also not wearing a helmet." There have been a number of recent fatal skateboard crashes. Last month a 44-year old skater died in a crash in Kaaawa and earlier this year a 26- year old man died in Kaneohe. It was about this same time last year that the Honolulu City Council took up a bill to make helmets for skateboarders under 18 mandatory. It was triggered by the death of a Hawaii Kai teen and others. The bill introdiuced by councilman Joey Manahan called for fines of up to $250, but the legislation was deferred in committee.