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Driver to be Charged After Allegedly Striking, Injuring Skateboarder

A Salem woman allegedly struck a skateboarder on Bridge Street and left the scene before returning shortly afterward.

A 76-year-old Salem woman will face charges that she struck a skateboarder with her car and left the scene on Sunday night on Bridge Street.

The incident occurred at 9:56 p.m. - just after the fireworks ended at Derby Wharf – on Bridge Street near Howard Street.

The 18-year-old skateboarder, who lives nearby at Jefferson at Salem Station, was thrown from his skateboard and taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said the woman was driving west in her Ford C-Max sedan on Bridge Street when she struck the skateboarder who was crossing the street. The skateboarder was thrown to ground and the car was damaged on the front of the driver’s side.

At first, the driver left the scene but returned shortly after the crash. She was issued a summons to appear in court to face charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury crash. In addition to the charges against the driver, the skateboarder was issued a ticket for allegedly violating the city ordinance prohibiting skateboarding on a public street.

2N July 09, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Skateboarders should have bike lights...even smart night joggers do.
Mark Scaliotti July 11, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Skateboarding at night? I call that a safety hazard.
Bill Stevens July 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Lol
Bill Stevens July 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Rick Warren, get a life bro... Get off that couch and enjoy life you miserable human. Skateboarding has zero difference in safety compared to a bicycle. People just think it's more dangerous because they can only ride a bike and can't fathom any other means of transportation, disgusting.

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