PD: Skateboarder hit by vehicle in VB

Skateboarder hit by vehicle in Virginia Beach on Aug. 22, 2014. (WAVY/Lavoy Harrell)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A 15 year-old-boy on a skateboard was seriously injured Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, according to police.

Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department said a 1993 Nissan Sentra was traveling north on Lynnhaven Parkway near Round Hill Drive at 6:58 a.m. The driver had a green light when the teen entered the crosswalk “against the pedestrian signal controls and was struck by the Nissan,” Borman said.

According to police, neither alcohol nor speed are considered factors in this crash. The driver will not be facing any charges.

Still, the intersection worries many neighbors. WAVY.com’s Deanna LeBlanc spoke with about a dozen people who said Friday’s accident only highlights their safety concerns.

Sophia Ruffin said she’s sees a lot of fender-benders at the intersection, and some more serious accidents: “Since 1998, probably really bad accidents, probably about six or seven.”

Some neighbors, like Ruth Reid, said they worry every day.

“You’re always on guard, you’re never just relaxed when you’re driving,” Reid explained. “Been driving in this neighborhood up and down Lynnhaven Parkway for 35 years.”

Both Reid and Ruffin said distracted drivers are a big concern.

“It’s really bad, just speeding and not paying attention,” Reid said.

Ruffin said she was rear-ended once by someone who was texting. Now she worries about kids who will walk to school when classes start in a few days.

“I just don’t know what we can do more than what the city is doing to protect them while these drivers are out here, just not doing what’s supposed to be done,” she said.

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