Skateboarder flown to hospital after West Newton collision
A teenage skateboarder was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday after he collided with a car on a West Newton street.
Borough police Chief Gary Indof said the boy, whose identity was not released, was riding on Cross Street about 6 p.m. and ran into the car, which was traveling on North Second Street. The collision left the car's left front fender dented and windshield shattered, witnesses said.
Indof said the victim was flown to Children's Hospital.
The driver, who was not injured, was not identified by police.
Beth Dunlap, pastor of First Church of God in West Newton, said this was the second skateboarding accident in the borough this year. The issue of skateboarding is a growing problem in the community, she said.
"That's the issue," Dunlap said. She said teenagers ride skateboards on West Newton streets "and they don't pay attention to street signs, and they don't pay attention to safety rules."
Dunlap said she was inside her house and "heard a thump. When I came outside, I saw the boy lying in the road. He apparently ran into the car."
Dunlap said that skateboarding "will continue to be a safety issue" unless it is addressed by borough leaders.
"I pray that he'll be OK," she said. "Hopefully (skateboarders) will learn that the streets are not the place to ride skateboards."