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North Van senior hit by skater 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A skateboarder is accused of not helping a senior after the two collided. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

A skateboarder is accused of not helping a senior after the two collided. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Police in North Vancouver are looking for a teenaged skateboarder who hit a 70-year-old man in a crash and then fled the scene.

The senior broke his forearm in four different places.

But even if Mounties catch up to the boy, don’t expect any serious repercussions.

RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said there are no criminal charges they could recommend.

The only thing Mounties can do is issue tickets for skating “without due care and attention” and skating “without consideration for others.”

“Both of them are $45 fines,” De Jong said. “Second violation is $100.”

He said the senior was struck right after he’d finished crossing an alleyway in the 100-block W. 15th Street around 9 p.m. Monday.

It’s believed the skateboarder lost control when passing a speed bump. He only stopped briefly to apologize before fleeing.

“To echo the words of the victim, he said, ‘I was hoping the young man would’ve stuck around to help me until the ambulance arrived,’” De Jong said.

“That’s something I think is just a word of advice for all skateboarders — skate with respect.”

The boarder is described as Caucasian, about 5’8” tall, with a red shirt, white shorts and red helmet.

 

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