Woman, 83, dies after being struck by skateboarder
Maryann Slettehaugh was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a skateboarder.
July 7th, 2011
01:14 PM ET

Woman, 83, dies after being struck by skateboarder

An 83-year-old Northern California woman has died after being hit by a skateboarder moving at 15 to 20 miles an hour, police said.

Maryann Slettehaugh was crossing a street in Capitola, California, Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a 17-year-old boy, Capitola police Sgt. Andrew Dally told CNN affiliate KSBW-TV.

Dally said the skateboarder, who was traveling down a steep hill, jumped off the board and tried to avoid colliding with Slettehaugh but was unable to, according to KSBW. He stayed with the injured woman after the collision.

Slettehaugh was in a crosswalk and a panel truck had stopped to let her pass, according to media reports.

Slettehaugh was airlifted to a San Jose hospital, where she was pronounced dead, CNN affiliate KION-TV reported.

The teen has not been charged in the incident, but detectives are investigating, Capitola police Detective Marquis Booth told CNN.

Booth said municipal code prohibits skateboarding the Capitola Village commercial district where the accident occurred and the teen was cited for a violation.

"It just isn't a good mix when we have skateboarders," Booth said. "You can gain some pretty good speed going down that hill."

Dally told KSBW, "It was not a malicious type of act. He seemed like a pretty clean-cut and honest kid."

Slettehaugh's husband of 64 years, George Slettehaugh, told CNN affiliate KTVU-TV his wife had been hit by a skateboard 15 years ago.

"She was leery of them and tried to avoid them," George Slettehaugh said in an interview. "[She] kept watching for them all the time."

Maryann Slettehaugh was on her daily walk from her home to the beach when she was struck, according to media reports.

"It was her daily routine. She lived just two or three blocks away," Dally told KSBW.

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  1. alex

    now this is a sad story. But that's how it is with kids today no common sense no quality upbringing.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather G

      The kid stayed with her, if he was a slacker as you seem to be accusing him of he would have run the other way once the lady was down. Give him some credit. Yes he fragged up by skateboarding where he should not have. Not all kids who ride skateboards are evil no good brats. LEast skateboarding kids are outside and not on a game system, computer or watching tv all day long.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mathew

      He was skateboarding down a street and it was an accident how does that have anything to do with common sense or upbringing, would you rather him be out doing drugs instead of a active hobby?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Guaranteed, that in whatever decade you're stuck in, these same things happened in one form or another. But unless it was local you wouldn't have heard about it. Upbringing was never quite as golden as what your nostalgia tells you and kids have been making mistakes and poor choices near forever.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      Don't blame the parents of the kid because he made a choice to disregard the law. Parents can talk to kids till they are blue in the face but at 17 he is only 1 year away from legal adulthood so he is pretty much not going to listen to his parents. As far as common sense goes i agree with you. Even my kids do not think about the potential consequences of their actions but that is a maturity thing. To Matthew who replied to this let me say that youth often do not understand how dangerous their actions are and this young man blatantly disobeyed a law and cost a woman her life. if he had broken the law by underage drinking and then driving a car and had hit her would you be calling for this level of acceptance for his disregard for the law? The fact that he was riding a skateboard instead of driving drunk is actually of little relevance to the core of the problem here. The kid broke a law and a person died because of his disregard for the law. I think they need to charge him as a juvenile and offer him a 2 year pleas deal that makes him take a course in the care of the elderly like the continuing ed Certified Nursing Assistant courses that most community colleges offer, do community service in a nursing home to learn first hand how frail senior citizens can be, and then during the second year of the arrangement go around to various schools speaking to other youth telling his story and what he has learned while acknowledging that because he broke a law a person died. After he completes the process then they need to expunge his record and send him and his newly grown conscience out into the real world.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeepers

    I credit the boy for staying with her, but you just shouldn't be able to negligently cause someone's death...especially while breaking a law...and go unpunished. He needs to pay for it. This was manslaughter.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      He did pay for it, He got a ticket. The yield to pedestrian sign only dictates motor vehicles. He shouldn't have been skateboarding, true, but then again, who is to say her old age didn't affect her ability to move two steps back? What happened to checking both ways REGARDLESS of safety concern? You've obviously never been in a courtroom, because this is no form of manslaughter at all. It was completely accidental, and the kid made the conscious decision to stay and try to help. So no, your manslaughter accusation is foolish at most. Celebrate her 83 years, don't afflict years of suffering on this kid because all that is gonna do is turn this incident into MORE people suffering.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      If he was rollerblading instead would this get anywhere near the harsh comments? It was a freak accident, just because the kid was on four wheels instead of two or eight doesn't qualify him for manslaughter.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      That would be involuntary manslaughter, not manslaughter. And you'd be high on crack if you tried to charge him with that. It was a very unfortunate event and nothing more. I mean, how about we attack her...what was she doing there, why was she out of the kitchen... You see? It's just stupid to judge when you don't have all the facts.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • WstCoast

      Hey Derek, ya dope, involuntary manslaughter is by definition is the act of killing someone accidentally while doing something illegal.

      I don't think the kid should do any serious time, especially since he did the right thing and stayed with her but he took the life of someone legally crossing in a cross-walk. It was his responsibility to yield to her. And you seriously blaming her age on the situation? Maybe we should just euthanize at age 80. Your reply was moronic, at best.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • WstCoast

      I should add though, that I totally agree that an involuntary manslughter charge would be much too excessive.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mathew

      Jeepers, you are an idiot

      July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wat

      He will be sued and the insurance will pay for it.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manslaughter tough to prove with a jury here

      it was an accident. No criminal intent. This will case will be difficult to try under California's Involuntary Manslaughter Law – Penal Code 192 (b) pc. Civil court as another matter. I could see the parents getting sued for what ever the insuranse allows, and rightfully so. Civil is the best retort.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Sue? This absurd civil 'right' to someone else's means for even the basest wrong doing is insane. The woman died, yes. The kid will likely be punished additionally at some later point, if bearing the weight of accidental death for the rest of his life isn't enough. But what monetary exchange is needed here, even if it were 'insured'? Ill-gotten gains and that over someone who while lover was very likely not a key cog in her families financial welfare.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      *who while 'loved'

      July 8, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      Jeepers you are right about the manslaughter charge. If he had been an unlicensed driver of a car and hit her then he would be charged with manslaughter in most states because he was not supposed to be operating a motor vehicle on that road at that time and because that law was broken it would be manslaughter. The same standard should apply here because he was not supposed to be operating his skateboard on that street at any time and he broke that law and a person died so yes it is manslaughter in most states. If you break a law and in the process of breaking that law cause the death of a person most states will charge you with manslaughter. Some will charge you with second degree murder. If you drive a car while drinking and cause the death of a person you will be charged wit anything from manslaughter to vehicular homicide. The facts are getting blurred by the fact that the kid is 17 and he was riding a skateboard. the reality is that he broke a law and caused the death of a human being in the process and all he got was a ticket. Something is wrong with this scenario. I have proposed a solution on several of my other posts so I suggest reading them. this incident does not have to ruin the kid's life but there should be more than a ticket issued over this. Of course the husband and her other family could sue the kid and his parents for wrongful death and that would definitely teach him that he cannot have a blatant disregard for the law. However, I really think my solution would be more meaningful and productive and would likely resolve this without bringing in the ambulance chasing, bloodsucking personal injury lawyers. Inevitably however I believe that the criminal justice system will shirk its responsibility in this issue and the snakes will crawl out of the woodwork and we will see this case be resolved in civil not criminal court and the only thing the kid will learn is either that all lawyers are bad people or that being a lawyer is a highly lucrative profession for people willing to prey on the misfortunes of others and since his regard for the law is pretty minimal he might grow up to be a good Personal Injury Lawyer. I think my solution is more productive. To all of you that say it was not manslaughter(voluntary or involuntary) you are wrong only because he caused her death while doing another crime. Skateboarding down that hill is against the law. Read the following from the Wikipedia Article on Manslaughter:

      Involuntary manslaughter

      Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. It is distinguished from voluntary manslaughter by the absence of intention. It is normally divided into two categories; constructive manslaughter and criminally negligent manslaughter.
      [edit] Constructive manslaughter

      Constructive manslaughter is also referred to as ‘unlawful act’ manslaughter. It is based on the doctrine of constructive malice, whereby the malicious intent inherent in the commission of a crime is considered to apply to the consequences of that crime. It occurs when someone kills, without intent, in the course of committing an unlawful act. The malice involved in the crime is transferred to the killing, resulting in a charge of manslaughter.

      For example, a person who runs a red light in their vehicle and hits someone crossing the street could be found to intend or be reckless as to assault or criminal damage (see DPP v Newbury[12]). There is no intent to kill, and a resulting death would not be considered murder, but would be considered involuntary manslaughter. The accused's responsibility for causing death is constructed from the fault in committing what might have been a minor criminal act.

      United States law

      In the United States, misdemeanor manslaughter is a lesser version of felony murder, and covers a person who causes the death of another while committing a misdemeanor – that is, a violation of law which doesn't rise to the level of a felony. This may automatically lead to a conviction for the homicide, if the misdemeanor involved a law designed to protect human life. Many violations of safety laws are infractions, which means a person can be convicted regardless of Mens rea.

      Criminally negligent manslaughter

      Criminally negligent manslaughter is variously referred to as criminally negligent homicide in the United States, gross negligence manslaughter in England and Wales. In Scotland and some Commonwealth of Nations jurisdictions the offence of culpable homicide might apply.

      It occurs where death results from serious negligence, or, in some jurisdictions, serious recklessness. A high degree of negligence is required to warrant criminal liability. A related concept is that of willful blindness, which is where a defendant intentionally puts himself in a position where he will be unaware of facts which would render him liable.

      Criminally negligent manslaughter occurs where there is an omission to act when there is a duty to do so, or a failure to perform a duty owed, which leads to a death. The existence of the duty is essential because the law does not impose criminal liability for a failure to act unless a specific duty is owed to the victim. It is most common in the case of professionals who are grossly negligent in the course of their employment. An example is where a doctor fails to notice a patient's oxygen supply has disconnected and the patient dies (R v Adomako).
      [edit] United States law

      In jurisdictions such as Pennsylvania, if a person is so reckless as to "manifest extreme indifference to human life", the defendant may be guilty of aggravated assault as well as of involuntary manslaughter.[18]

      In many jurisdictions such as California, malice may be found if gross negligence amounts to willful or depraved indifference to human life. In such a case, the wrongdoer may be guilty of second degree murder.

      Please make note of the last paragraph about California law.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. jp

    So...I guess skateboarding IS a crime, afterall...

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      There is a municipal ordinance that states that skateboarding in that area is against the law so in that area it is a crime. A crime is the act of breaking a written law. The municipal law for that business district prohibits skateboarding making it a crime. The kid broke a law and killed someone in the process it is as simple as that. His age, her age, and the fact that he was on a skateboard are not the major factors here. The fact he was using a mode of transportation that was illegal in the area that he was in and killed someone in the process is all that is actually relevant to this case.

      July 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ThatGuy

    Let's not go overboard here folks, this was a random incident that no person could have anticipated. The young man's view was obstructed by the panel track, my guess is that he collided with the lady at the very last second. He even tried to avoid the collision, and stayed with her afterwards. Bottom line: it's a freak accident, condolences go to the family of both members, this is something this young man will have to live with his entire life.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    I'm in my eighties and have just barely been missed by kids on bicycles, roller skates and skate boards enough times to scare me at the sight of them.One time a boy with wheels on his shoes shoved me into a counter as he skated through a grocery store. Do these kids have parents? Shouldn't they be taught right from wrong BEFORE they hit someone???

    July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obeythelaw

      Sorry Norma but by law parents are not allowed to discipline their children nowadays (while still being held responsible for their feeding, shelter, medical care, education and general welfare). But, any form of chastisement is seen as abuse where parents can expect not only a visit from child welfare services but a possible date in front of a judge. Sad

      July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanda

      I'd say this boy's parents did a great job with the kid considering he jumped off the skateboard to try to avoid hitting her AND stayed with her until police arrived. There was a case not to long ago of three full grown adults who hit someone with a CAR and didn't even offer that much respect to the victim but just drove off like nothing happened. I'm sorry you've had bad experienced with kids on wheels Norma, but to say this was anything other than a tragic accident and is the result of a bad upbringing is just plain disrespectful to all involved.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      ObeyTheLaw – That was BRILLIANT. 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Curious

    If you break a law (burglary, arson, etc.) and you end up killing someone while breaking that law, I think you can be brought up on murder charges. Can someone knowledgeable in the law confirm this?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I'm not certain that municipal code = law necessarily.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Needs to be a felony. If that's the case then, depending on the state you can be charged with 2nd degree murder.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • puddintame

      yea, he definitely should fry. He should do hard time. A freak accident is god's way of telling you that you are a bad person and should be punished. His whole life should be altered forever because of this thoughtless, pre-meditated, freak "accident". She was only 83 for goodness sake, such a young spry person with so much mor elife to live! And he tragically, "accidently" took it away!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obeythelaw

      So, Puddintame because this lady was 83 you think it's okay? True, this was a very tragic accident but are you saying we should all just shut up? That the young man should not be held accountable? Would you feel that way if the victim were a young mother or child or another young man? When elderly people in your family (if any) get sick do you stand up and say 'oh come on, let them die already! They've lived a long life!" You are truly sad.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      Please see Wikipedia on Manslaughter or read my other posts. yes the child can be charged with involuntary manslaughter of because of the constructive manslaughter or as it is commonly called the "unlawful act" manslaughter rule of law which says that if you break a law like running a red light , speeding, drinking and driving or whatever and in the process kill someone that you can be charged with manslaughter. Now if you drink and drive or speed and kill someone you can also be charged for depraved indifference homicide because it is a highly publicized fact that drunk driving causes accidents and that people can die in those accidents and the same is true for speeding. Blatant disregard for the law which ends in the death of another person is involuntary manslaughter or criminally negligent/depraved indifference homicide. Please read my other posts regarding a better solution to this entire issue that will benefit everyone and not let the kid get away with killing someone while in the act of blatantly disregarding the law.

      July 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      To Tony: What part of Municipal Code does not equal law? Lets look at the words here
      — adj
      of or relating to a town, city, or borough or its local government
      Code in this context is referring to the Codified Laws of the municipality

      Wikipedia says:
      A local ordinance is a law usually found in a municipal code.
      In the United States, these laws are enforced locally in addition to state law and federal law.

      So just in case you did not get this in High School Civics or have not yet taken High School Civics (since I have no idea how old you are) then let me clarify that a Municipal code is a LOCAL city, county, borough, or some other socio-political structure below the state level LAW. This means that the kid broke a law and in the process killed someone. That means that he could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. He should be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. Of course I think they should offer him a 2 year pleas deal that makes him take a class on the care of the elderly such as the continuing education Certified Nursing Assistant classes offered at most community colleges, do community service at nursing home so he can see first hand the frailty of many senior citizens, and after one year of doing that he should be required to make public appearances at local high schools telling his story about what he has learned during his community service and openly acknowledging that he killed someone while do an act that was in direct violation of a city ordinance that was put in place to protect the safety of people. Oh BTW in California he could be charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide-Depraved Indifference because the law he chose to break was a "Safety Law" but that would likely be reduced down in a plea deal to involuntary manslaughter because it is a hard conviction to make in California. I also think that the plea deal should come under the juvenile justice system which allows the conviction to be totally expunged in most states if the terms of the plea deal are fully met. This neither ruins his life nor lets him get away with causing the death of a person while committing an illegal act.

      July 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tricia

    A very sad story indeed! For "both" parties involved. If you can "read"...the police Sgt. is quoted as saying, "It was not a malicious type of act. He seemed like a pretty clean-cut and honest kid." He tried to stop. True, teens these days have absolutely no common sense, but this was a horrible accident of which I'm sure this young man will never forget. Maybe a community service stint, talking to teens about why skate boarding in that area is wrong would suffice, who knows. Either way, both families feel the effects. God Bless Mrs. Slettehaugh's husband and family. So sorry for the loss.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kellee831

      I agree with you Tricia, except for the statement about "teens today". Its funny how we hated that statement when we were teens, and I have to stick up for today's teens and say that its STILL not fair to put them all in one basket, so to speak, and label all of them negatively. Just as when we were young, there are some amazing kids out there who are doing big things, and there are good kids who do take responsibility for his actions, just as it appears this young man did. He didn't run.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tricia

    @ Curious, only in the commission of a felony does that law come into effect. Hitting someone on accident while riding a skateboard, is not a felony.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      That is not a wholly factual statement.
      In the United States, misdemeanor manslaughter is a lesser version of felony murder, and covers a person who causes the death of another while committing a misdemeanor – that is, a violation of law which doesn't rise to the level of a felony. This may automatically lead to a conviction for the homicide, if the misdemeanor involved a law designed to protect human life. Many violations of safety laws are infractions, which means a person can be convicted regardless of Mens rea.

      So if you run a red light, drive impaired, speed, ride your skateboard in a legally restricted area, walk your vicious dog in a restricted area or fail to keep it on a leash then you can be charged with manslaughter if you or your dog in the case of the animal offenses, cause the death of another person.
      The lack of understanding about this reality is, in my not so humble opinion, why so many people in our country just go around violating laws that would get them charged with a misdemeanor if they are caught. They figure they are willing to pay the fine if caught so they can do whatever they want. However, when they do this and cause the death of another person they think they should get away with it since the original crime was only a misdemeanor. That is SO VERY WRONG!

      July 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Curious

    Yes, I can "read" but the truth is, the kid broke the law and killed someone while doing so. An accident that occurs while a crime is committed is no longer an accident. He needs to take responsibility for his reckless actions. I'm not saying he should go to jail but he should perform 200 hours of community service or something. I'm sure he'll feel guilty for this but he needs to give back to the community he lives in.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amy

    If it wasn't the kid on the skateboard, it could have been the people at the beach playing ball or the sun or her diet, the numberous meds people take-we going to make all those people pay, when they find out it wasn't 100% the poor kids fault? Where were your parents to teach you all compassion???? This is what is wrong with the world. Get a life and shut up.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      Whatever happened to accepting responsibility for one's actions in this country? "Oh, little Johnny didn't mean to break the law and kill that old lady who was in his way, even though he knew he shouldn't be skateboarding down that hill, but let's just pat his little head, give him a "time-out", tell him everything is OK and give him a nice cookie."

      Please. Punish the kid and teach him a lesson, for crying out loud.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      He got a ticket and and the elderly women died at his own act If the teen is in any way a reasonable human being, and by staying with the woman it's fair to say so, then he has (and will continue to) bear more than enough over the incident that no additional punishment is required. Lockup would certainly be a waste of everyone's time and money.

      Such simple stuff. 15-20 years ago nobody would have felt the need to call for blood over this.

      July 8, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Spydyee

      To Lone and Curious see if this solution would bring you both to an agreement that appropriate actions had been taken:

      The DA charges him as a juvenile with Involuntary Constructive Manslaughter (misdemeanor unlawful act causing the death of another person). They offer him a 2 year plea deal that requires him to take a course about the care of the elderly, do community service in nursing homes, and after a year also go out to local schools ant talk to youth about his experiences and openly accept responsibility for causing the death of a person while breaking the law. the education about how people need to act around the elderly would make him a better person and enhance his understanding about why she died. If he had hit a 20 year old or even a 40 year old they would have been injured but very likely would not have died. However, she was in the crosswalk, in the right, and he was not so he needs to understand that even if he had hit a younger person he still would have been wrong and understand that what might be minor to one person can cause the death of another. Talking to others will educate the community of youth about the dangers of this. Then if he does all this and genuinely seems to have a deeper understanding and respect for the place of laws in our world use the fact that he was charged as a juvenile and expunge his record so as not to ruin his life totally. Also I feel leaving him to "carry the burden of her death" the rest of his life is likely to cause him to turn to "self medicating" his pain over the guilt and ruin his life anyway. If he gets to have a " punishment" for the "crime" that is educating and rehabilitating then he is more likely to not crash and burn over this. The court could also require him to go to a counselor during this two year period to help him understand and process the entire experience for his benefit. This model would help the kid become a better citizen with a deeper respect for the law that he might pass on to his children in a way that has them be different from him. I am a recovering addict but not one of my kids have ever used drugs or alcohol because they have seen the devastation it caused in my life and the damage it has done to my body. My experiences when shared with my kids created a distaste for the use of drugs that has kept my kids clean. If he can come away from this not filled with guilt in some dark place but filled with respect for the laws and remorse for his lack of understanding of the importance of those laws then he can contribute to making his community a better place to live in. i know that if I was his parents I would get him into counseling and see if I could arrange all the things that are in my idea without the courts doing it because I believe that it would help him. I know what guilt can do to a person.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregory from Denton,Texas

    C'mon people..I feel bad for all parties, but this not manslaughter...how is he negligent? how is he supposed to "pay for this"?? He's 16 on a skateboard.. no need to always blame someone, it wasnt the city's fault for not having cross walk attendants, it wasnt her fault for not paying attention/walking..things in life happen...i mean c'mon, lets be real

    July 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Curious

    The story states "...municipal code prohibits skateboarding the Capitola Village commercial district where the accident occurred..." It may not be a felony but he still broke the law. He was cited, but I feel he should also be required to give back to his community in the form of community service or something. This is horrible for everyone involved but this poor woman had been dodging skateboards for years and nothing was done about these kids, so he should serve as an example.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marie

    i completely agree with the previous two statements it sounds completely accidental. just because there was an accident doesnt mean he has poor upbringing, one might assume he had poor upbringing had he left when she got hit. The other comments are bases on nothing more than a stereotype.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marie

    well that comment took a minut to post perhaps i dont agree with the two previos comments.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. marie

    obviously no one actually takes responsibility for their action as we have seen we just let murderers walk free why should a kid involved in an accident be charged for it he was already ticketed, whats really wrong with the country is stupid people try to make a mountain out of a mole hill so to speak while they simply overlook the obvious issues that should be addressed.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kellee831

      Marie, I'm confused with your statement. What does taking responsibility and being charged with a crime have to do with one another? He did not run, he stayed with the woman. What more would you have had him to do take responsibility? I think bringing Casey Anthony into this conversation is comparing apples to Cadillacs. I fail to see the correlation you are making.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      This has nothing to do with this article.. who are you to compair a legit killer with a freak acident.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rmsbl4

      @Brandon What do you not understand about paragraph 7? It was not a freak accident, he wasn't supposed to be skateboarding where he was skateboarding.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BullpupT

      Manslaughter, at least.Depraved indifference murder at a big stretch. No different than killing the women by running her down with a car after intentionally running a stop sign. The near lawless culture of Northern California takes its toll... Someone said: "what else could the kid have done?" How about following the law and common sense, instead of doing whatever the heck he felt like for his own account without regard to anyone else? That's what he could have done. Jail time is in order.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • paula

      it was AN ACCIDENT!! I feel for both families...as I know the young man
      MUST feel horrible...DONT make him feel worse...he did the RIGHT thing...How many people get hit by a car and die each and every day...some (DUI etc) are CRIMES but some are not...the only reason this made it to cnn...(besides the fact that it is something other then CASEY ANTHONY) is that it was a FREAK accident...out of the normal...PRAYERS TO BOTH FAMILIES!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • hogarth

      I'm with Bullpup on this one. According to the story, the boy was riding his skateboard illegally. I am sure he regrets the result of his actions – he regrets that his illegal careless action killed someone – but if he were not a scofflaw, or was not someone who thinks the laws apply tosomeone else, would this "accident" have occured?
      A drunk driver may regret the results of his actions, but he is no less guilty of a crime.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey Bad Mommy

      Mmmmm...Cadillacs and Applesauce.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
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