Cathedral City, CA
Cathedral City police presented a new helmet and skateboard to a 13-year-old boy and his mom. The boy suffered injuries after being hit by a vehicle while on his skateboard.
The collision occurred Wednesday around 3:04 PM at Dinah Shore Drive and Via De Anza in Cathedral City. The boy was chasing after his friends when he was struck by the vehicle, according to police. The boy was launched about 20 feet into the air and fractured his face and arm. Officers arrived on scene and found that the skateboarder had been wearing a helmet that was provided to him through the 4ShayJ Foundation.
The foundation was created in 2015 after the death of Shaun Clark who was an avid skateboarder. As a result of the boy wearing this helmet, his injuries were such that allowed him to survive from the impact of the collision.
The helmet that was provided from the foundation was provided at Nellie N. Coffman Middle School which was the only Cathedral City school that received the donated equipment.
They are confident that after talking to doctors, the victims injuries would have been far more severe had he not been wearing that helmet. They want this to serve as a testament to all of young adults who are out skateboarding or riding bikes, that wearing a helmet and other protective equipment is critical because a simple fall can result in severe injuries and/or death.
The driver did stay on scene and is not at fault in this collision. 4ShayJ and Cathedral City Police Department donated a new skateboard, helmet, t-shirt, and other gifts to the boy.