Skateboarder Hospitalized After Drifting Into Oncoming Car On Mountain Road
PROVO, Utah – A 19-year-old man sustained injuries after being hit by a vehicle while skateboarding down a steep mountain road.
Officials with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the teen from Eagle Mountain was downhill skateboarding on Squaw Peak Road Friday, close to the peak overlook.
As he was going down the road at a high rate of speed around a curve, he drifted into oncoming traffic and hit the front end of the sport utility vehicle.
Investigators said the driver was in the correct lane of travel, and was unable to avoid hitting the skateboarder.
The teen sustained serious injuries. Deputies said it appeared the teen broke both of his legs above the knee.
The 22-year-old driver and a passenger were not injured.
Emergency crews from the Sheriff’s Office and Provo Fire Department responded to the area, approximately 4 miles up the mountain from US Highway 89 in Provo Canyon.
The 19-year-old, whose identity was not released, was taken to Utah Valley Hospital with serious injuries.
Officials cautioned that those using public streets – whether drivers, cyclists or skateboarders – should obey the same traffic laws.
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