Skateboarder strikes child on Fraser River Trail
A 5-year-old girl received six staples in her head after a skateboarder struck her on the Fraser River Trail on Friday, July 10.
Robert Wilson of Denver said he and his family were crossing beneath U.S. Highway 40 on their way to Fraser when an out-of-control skateboarder struck his daughter.
“He hit her so hard she did a somersault and smacked her head into the concrete wall, and he also hit the wall and received some injuries as well,” Wilson said.
Wilson’s daughter suffered a laceration to the head and a contused arm, while the skateboarder seemed “very concussed” and was covered in blood, Wilson said.
Wilson added that the skateboarder’s female companion was aggressive toward his family.
Approximately 10 minutes before the incident, a different skateboarder struck Wilson’s 3-year-old son.
“My son had a big puffy lip and was just really shaken up but this skateboarder was extremely concerned and polite and very sorry,” Wilson said.
Police weren’t contacted in either case.
Wilson said he’s visited Grand Lake every summer of his life.
“My family comes up here every year, and it’s why we moved to Denver in the first place,” Wilson said.
Before July 10, Wilson said he’d never had any issues with skateboarders on the trail, though he’s noticed more skateboarding along the trail recently.
“Last year was the first time I noticed that kind of increase in traffic that was dangerous, and this was the first time that something happened,” Wilson said.
Winter Park-Fraser Police Chief Glen Trainor said his office had received a complaint regarding the incident with Wilson’s daughter and that it is under investigation.
Trainor said the police department has received complaints about skateboarders on the trail before.
“It’s hard to say if it’s a problem or not, but we do occasionally get complaints about it,” Trainor said. “ Of course I think riding a skateboard or a long board is pretty much like skiing. For the uphill person, you’ve always got to be in control.”
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