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Hit and run accident leaves 15-year-old boy dead


When our San Diego readers see breaking news reports that detail the tragic death of a child, it can be heartbreaking. But, when the death of the child is caused under suspicious – and possible reckless or negligent – circumstances, it can be particularly troubling.

According to recent report, a 15-year-old boy was run over by a van at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The car accident occurred on 54th Street. The early reports indicate that the boy was lying in the roadway for some reason – speculation may lead to the possibility that the boy had been in an accident on his skateboard, as he was reported to have been engaged in that activity shortly before the accident, although such details were not part of the initial reports.

Whatever the reason for the boy’s presence in the roadway, the reports do indicate that a green Dodge Caravan minivan ran over the boy – and the driver of that vehicle did not stop. In fact, there was some possibility, according to the reports, that this was not the only vehicle to strike the boy as he was lying in the roadway, although no other vehicles appear to have been subjects of interest in the hit-and-run investigation.

Although the 15-year-old boy died from his injuries, there may be some hope for justice. The alleged driver of the minivan reportedly saw his vehicle on a Facebook post pertaining to the investigation, and he has since turned himself into the authorities. But, in the aftermath of that development, there was no arrest of the driver announced. Still, the driver faces the possibility of both criminal and civil legal cases as a result of this tragic accident.

Source:, “Driver suspected in hit-and-run crash that killed teenage skateboarder turns himself in,” Oct. 12, 2015