Teen skateboarder killed in crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are investigating how a skateboarder was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach Saturday night. The teenager died from his injuries Tuesday.

Family members traveled from across the country to see 16-year-old Kaiona Brown, known as Kai to his friends, before he was taken off life support Tuesday.

Police say around 9 p.m. Saturday, Kai was skateboarding at the crosswalk in the 4000 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard at Stepney Lane.

“All eastbound vehicles on Virginia Beach Boulevard had green lights. A driver in the left turn lane stopped short of striking the victim. Another driver in one of the straight lanes struck the victim as he crossed into the path of travel for that vehicle,” said MPO James Cason with the Virginia Beach Police Department.

The intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Stepney Lane (WAVY/Joel Hilton)
The intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Stepney Lane (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

Skateboarder Cody Evans saw the scene Saturday night: “I was walking down the road, and I saw the cop lights, and I was walking, and I saw someone lying on the ground. I felt bad, but there wasn’t much I could do.”

Kai was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Tuesday he passed away, and his organs were donated to save the lives of others.

Kai was a sophomore at Princess Anne High School. Grief counselors were at the school this week for students, who are on exam schedule.

No charges have been filed, and we are told charges are unlikely because the driver simply did not see Brown, who suddenly appeared in the lane of traffic. Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in this incident, Cason said.

The case continues to be investigated by the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

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