Winter Park woman challenges account of skateboard collision
July 20, 2015
A Winter Park woman has contested the account provided to the Sky-Hi News of a collision between a long-boarder and a child.
Macey Benner said her boyfriend Ed Kimmle was the rider in question.
Robert Wilson told the Sky-Hi News that an out-of-control long boarder struck his 5-year-old daughter on the Fraser River Trail as it passes beneath U.S. Highway 40 in Winter Park.
Benner confirmed the incident but said she and her boyfriend called out "on your left" before passing the family, and Wilson's daughter stepped in front of Kimmle.
"We were not out of control, " Benner said. "We were under control until a little girl ran out in front of him, and he got speed wobbles."
It was at this point that Wilson said his daughter was struck, sustaining a cut to the head and contusion in her arm, but Benner contested that assertion.
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"He hit her and she fell and then she got right back up," Benner said. "She never hit her head. She never hit her arm."
Benner said Kimmle received "$400 worth of stitches" and suffered a concussion.
Wilson also said Benner was aggressive toward his family, which Benner denies.
Benner added that the couple filed a report with the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department after the incident.
Benner said she has seven years of long boarding experience while her boyfriend has been long boarding for about a year.
"This is not the first occasion that it's happened," Benner said. "I've gotten smacked with a bicycle."
The incident is currently under investigation by the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department.