PRESS RELEASE: Young skateboarder struck in the Northland

A young person was struck by a driver while skateboarding in the Northland on the evening of Sunday, May 17.

The crash occurred shortly before 10:15 p.m. The victim was skateboarding with a friend near the intersection of NW 61st Street and NW Prairie View Road when they were struck by a driver heading south on NW Prairie View Road.

The victim, an unidentified 16-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The other skateboarder was not injured.

“We hope that the young skateboarder will be alright,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “We hope that the police will release more information as it becomes available.”

“When we say we’re working for safe streets, that means safe streets for everyone,” noted BikeWalkKC policy manager Michael Kelley. “We’re looking forward to working with the City to implement the recently-passed Vision Zero resolution to prevent these crashes from being a regular occurrence.”

As BikeWalkKC has stated in the past, what deserves the brunt of the blame for these crashes is the culture that values car traffic efficiency over the safety of human lives. 

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BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents

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