Hacienda Heights man fatally struck by car while skateboarding identified

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Authorities have identified a 25-year-old Hacienda Heights man who was fatally struck by a car while skateboarding on Friday afternoon.
James Andrew Johnson died in the collision, which took place just after 12:10 p.m. in the intersection of Haliburton Road and Hacienda Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Capt. John Kades said.
An autopsy found that Johnson died from “multiple traumatic injuries” and the death was ruled accidental, he said.
Johnson was riding a skateboard west along the south sidewalk of Haliburton Road just prior to the collision, Officer T. Zaspal of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office said in a written statement. A 22-year-old Arcadia woman was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra northbound along Hacienda Boulevard.
“The skateboarder entered the intersection and was struck by the Hyundai,” Zaspal said. “The pedestrian and the Hyundai came to rest within the intersection.”
Paramedics pronounced Johnson dead at the scene, officials said. The woman at the wheel of the Hyundai was unhurt.
The cause and circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer Campbell of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.
Fund to help Johnson family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/369nh3s.

PHOTO: James Andrew Johnson, 25, of Hacienda Heights. (Courtesy)

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Skateboarder fatally struck by car in Hacienda Heights

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A skateboarder died after being struck by a car in Hacienda Heights on Friday afternoon, officials said.
The collision was first reported at 12:13 p.m. at Halliburton Road and Hacienda Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The victim, a man estimated to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County fire officials said.
Further details were not immediately available.

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UPDATED: Skateboarder killed in Glendora Mountain Road collision identified

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a 20-year-old man who died after colliding with a dump truck while speeding downhill on a skateboard on Glendora Mountain Road in the forest north of Azusa.
Eric Pedersen of Clayton died in Friday’s 10 a.m. collision on Glendora Mountain Road, just south East Fork Road, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
He was riding a longboard-style skateboard downhill at more than 20 mph when he crossed into opposing traffic lanes and into the path of a southbound dump truck traveling at 15 to 20 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. He was run over by the truck and died from his injuries at the scene.
Pedersen was riding with two other skateboarders who were not injured, officials said. A third friend was following the group in a van.
The driver of the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with CHP officials, Jimenez said.
Pedersen had a University of California, Irvine identification card with him, coroner’s officials said.
He served as an administrator of the Facebook page for the UCI Longboarders, a group of skateboard enthusiasts.
Members hosted a candlelight vigil for Petersen Friday at UCI, and planned another Sunday night.
Pedersen’s own Facebook page includes several images of him rolling downhill on a longboard.
Officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park office are handling the investigation.

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Cincinnati bar owner takes girl’s skateboard at gunpoint

From Fox News

Jack Connerton, 50, was angry over children cutting through his parking lot on skateboards, according to authorities.

He was arrested on the felony count Saturday after he allegedly pointed a gun, took the girl’s skateboard and snapped photos of four children, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The girl’s mother, Misty Bragg, said neighborhood children have to pass Connerton’s Towerview Sports Pub in Cincinnati to get to a recreation center and park.

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