Felony charge filed in Winter Park skateboard collision
July 30, 2015
A Winter Park man is facing a felony child abuse charge after colliding with a child while long boarding on the Fraser River Trail.
Ed Kimmel, 22, was traveling north on the trail through a tunnel beneath U.S. Highway 40 on July 9 when he struck a 5-year-old girl, according to a press release from the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department.
Kimmel called out "on your left" before entering the tunnel but did not slow down, the press release stated.
Robert Wilson, the girl's father, said his daughter was sent flying into a wall and immediately suffered a contused arm and a laceration to her head.
A follow-up visit to the East Grand Community Clinic revealed that the girl's arm was broken in two places, Wilson said.
"We were upset to learn her arm was broken but not surprised," Wilson said. "Given the violence and speed of the collision, the skin bruising and our daughters inability to use her arm, we did suspect the injury was more serious than just a contusion."
Kimmel was also injured in the crash, suffering a laceration to his face, numerous abrasions and a possible concussion, his girlfriend Macey Benner previously told the Sky-Hi News.
Kimmel and Benner reported the incident to police that day.
Benner, speaking also for Kimmel, declined to comment for this article.
Wilson said the incident had affected his daughter psychologically.
"She's not able to play like she wants to, and she's just very scared," Wilson said. "She doesn't want to go out in public or walk on the sidewalk. I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but she's traumatized."
The 14th Judicial District charged Kimmel with child abuse, a class four felony.
The charge carries a possible sentence of four to eight years and fine of $3,000 to $750,000, said Police Chief Glen Trainor.
Wilson said he believed the felony charge was filed due to his daughter's severe injuries.
"In general, I think people are supposed to take responsibility for their actions, and if people don't take any responsibility or any kind acknowledgment of responsibility then the judicial system has to step in, and I think that's happened here," Wilson said.
Kimmel was issued a criminal summons and will appear in court in September.