Teen Struck by Truck While Skateboarding

The 16-year-old boy was pulled from underneath a truck near Stinson Avenue and Rosedale Street NW.

The crews responded to a 16-year-old boy trapped under a pickup truck at the intersection of Rosedale and Stinson at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday.

A witness reported the skateboarder, who was traveling down Rosedale on the sidewalk, did not stop at the 4-way intersection and was hit as the driver was making a right hand-turn from Stinson onto Rosedale.

The boy's foot was pinned under the wheel, and his leg was trapped under the axle of the truck.

Firefighters used “the jaws of life” to raise the truck up off the boy and protected his head, neck and spine while moving him to a backboard for immobilization and evaluation.

Officials said the boy was not wearing a helmet. However, he was conscious the entire time and was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Trauma Unit for care by a paramedic unit.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One reminds everyone to always wear a helmet when participating in any wheeled sports and activities.

D B April 19, 2012 at 05:03 AM
While Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One reminds everyone to always wear a helmet when participating in any wheeled sports and activities, thye should remind pedestians to watch out for cars that do not stop at stop signs, a common occurance in many areas of Gig Harbor.
D B April 19, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I WAS THERE! I was 20 feet away from the skateboarder as the truck hit him and continued to roll forward running him over and then stopping as his foot and leg were pinned under the front right tire and axle. I did not see the truck stop. I only saw the surprise look on the boy's face as the truck continued around the corner as he rolled under the tire. He was awake the entire time, which was a long time. Myself and a nurse who stopped held his hand and neck, telling him to hold on, trying to calm him down as he yelled about not only is leg being under the axle, but the burning pain from the underside of the engine. No one could figure out how to jack the truck up until the firefighters arrived. Luckily I think he may only have a broken leg and possible ribs, but the important point of this story is not skateboarder safety, it's DRIVER SAFETY! Hopefully KIRO TV news will run the real story tonight at 11 about how many people DO NOT stop at that particular intersection. They drove out from Seattle to interview me about today’s accident and how dangerous that intersection actually is. I personally had shot a video just a few days ago, showing how many people run the stop signs. I was preparing to give it to the Gig Harbor Police Dept., but obviously not soon enough. People need to not only slow down, but actually STOP at STOP SIGNS.


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