Police log: Boy, 11, in critical condition after Friday accident

Full story: York Dispatch

An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition after police said he rode his skateboard in front of an oncoming pickup truck in Mount Wolf Friday.
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helpless

Middletown, PA

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Nov 3, 2008
 
Oh my goodness...lets pray that he recovers and learns not to ride near the road again.
pray that the young man who hit him recovers from that trauma too.

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Since: Feb 08

Pearl. MS

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Nov 3, 2008
 
I hope he is doing ok.
too sad

Mount Wolf, PA

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Nov 3, 2008
 
Lets pray that ALL the kids learn not to ride their skate boards in the road.
Heather Demmitt

Middletown, PA

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Nov 3, 2008
 
This young boy is a friend of my son's and they often skate together, along with many other children from the neighborhood. When are we going to give these kids a place to go skate? We've got to keep them out of the streets and keep them safe.

Our hearts and prayers go out to this young man and his family. God Bless you.
WOW

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#5
Nov 3, 2008
 
Prayers are with both families.
mike13

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Nov 3, 2008
 

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11 yrs old - 1:13pm - Is anyone else thinking this Tony Hawk should've been in school?
Teacher of the district

York, PA

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Nov 3, 2008
 
Just to inform mike 13 the students were off due to teacher in-service day. Just wanted to clarify why he wasn't in school.
Bet

Lancaster, PA

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#8
Nov 3, 2008
 
My prayers go out for a speedy recovery for the boy, and for his family as well, that they find the courage they will need as well during this time. The same goes for the poor guy who was driving the vehicle that struck him. I can't begin to even imagine how horrible it must have been for him not to be able to avoid this happening. God be with all of you.
roscoe

Dover, PA

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Nov 4, 2008
 

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Heather Demmitt wrote:
This young boy is a friend of my son's and they often skate together, along with many other children from the neighborhood. When are we going to give these kids a place to go skate? We've got to keep them out of the streets and keep them safe.
Our hearts and prayers go out to this young man and his family. God Bless you.
While I do feel bad for this boy, It is his parents' responsibility to keep him out of the street not mine. This is another classic example of projecting blame. If there is no place to legally skate then don't buy him a skateboard!!
WOW

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Nov 4, 2008
 
Why does anyone have to be blaming anyone here. There is an 11 year old fighting for his life. Who cares if there was a spot to skate or not... focus on the now.
KIM

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Nov 4, 2008
 
mike13 wrote:
11 yrs old - 1:13pm - Is anyone else thinking this Tony Hawk should've been in school?
they didnt have school friday!
mike13

Mechanicsburg, PA

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Nov 4, 2008
 
Teacher of the district wrote:
Just to inform mike 13 the students were off due to teacher in-service day. Just wanted to clarify why he wasn't in school.
Thanks for the information Teach. The grand ole YD forgot to include that in the article. We don't all live in that school district.
mike13

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Nov 4, 2008
 
KIM wrote:
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they didnt have school friday!
Obviously KIM, I didn't know that or I never would have written what I did. We don't all live in the same school district.

Since: Nov 08

Dover, PA

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#14
Nov 4, 2008
 
Prayer going out to the boy & his family.

Also to Mr. Hess whom I'm sure feels bad even though he was not at fault for the accident.

We have all been children at one time and know how it is "You get on your bike, scateboard or what ever and your mind tends to wander".
Julie

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#15
Nov 4, 2008
 
My son and step-daughter attend the same school as did Tristen and this is truly a tragic story. I was heartened to hear that the administration went to each classroom today to inform the kids on more of an individual basis about what happened on Friday. I would like to see a renewed emphasis on teaching kids bike and skateboard safety. That might sound hokey, but a lot of the stuff they were taught when they were much younger, perhaps no longer seems applicable or "cool". My prayers also go out to the family and Mr. Hess.
ayla

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Nov 4, 2008
 
So does anyone know his current condition?
Teacher of the district

York, PA

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Nov 4, 2008
 
mike13 wrote:
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Thanks for the information Teach. The grand ole YD forgot to include that in the article. We don't all live in that school district.
Your welcome! The only thing that I heard as of yesterday afternoon was that his parents were taking him off of life support. So continue to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.
WOW

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#18
Nov 4, 2008
 
I just heard tonight that his parents may have wanted another day or two and may have put off any decisions they had talked about, at least for a bit.
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Nov 5, 2008
 
roscoe wrote:
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While I do feel bad for this boy, It is his parents' responsibility to keep him out of the street not mine. This is another classic example of projecting blame. If there is no place to legally skate then don't buy him a skateboard!!
Have you ever been to Mt. Wolf? Have you ever even traveled through it? I grew up in that area and spent most of my life there as well. It's changed a lot now, and yet remained the same with it's small town U.S.A. atmosphere. It's probably safe to say the people living there still know many of the other people living in the town.
A lot of them are the kind of people who care about each other without thinking to say hey it's not my responsibility to do whatever when something happens in the community. It's called being neighbors.

I do not think the comment about seeing a safe area for the kids to skateboard was made in any attempt to place blame. I think more likely is was someone who would like to see this little town give the kids a better and safer place to grow up in with more for them to do in it. I don't live there now, but it will always be my home town to me. Having grown up there and after raising my own kids there, knowing how boring it could be at times, I think the idea is a great one! The last thing the parents need to have said about is why did the buy the skateboard for him. A better use for the energy it took to type that comment would be to say some prayers for all concerned.
inquiring minds

Easton, PA

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#20
Nov 5, 2008
 
Notalldahood---Well said!

My thoughts and prayers go out to this family and God give them the strength to make it through this terrible time. I also pray for the boy who has to live with this fo rhte restof his life, may he find forgiveness in himself as there is no blame!

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