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Police: No charges in skateboarder's death

Posted September 18, 2009

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— Police said Friday that no charges will be filed against a driver who hit and killed a 9-year-old Cary boy last Saturday while the boy was skateboarding in his neighborhood.

Ravindra "Ravi" Kalipershad was riding a skateboard down his driveway on Saturday afternoon when he went out into his street, Council Gap Court, and crashed into a Toyota Highlander driven by a neighbor, police said.

Police and Wake County prosecutors said an investigation showed that there was nothing the driver, Lauren Miller, 48, could have done to prevent the accident, so no criminal charges will be filed in the case.

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  • concerncitizen Sep 18, 2009

    Rational Thinking, I agree no doubt! If you've seen any other my other post, you would know I am quit concerned with the lack of supervision our kids receive today! In that comment I was just referring to a person fear!

  • sinenomine Sep 18, 2009

    Memo to Professor:

    Not trying to make a point, "Sweetie". Just trying to clarify (for purposes of Raleigh, at least) what constitutes a vehicle and whether it is legal to ride a skateboard on a public street.

    I wonder - Assuming that skateboarding in the street is already illegal where you live, why do you think an inattentive parent would obey a state law any more than they'd obey a local ordinance?

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    kid crashing into the car, not being hit by it.

    WHATEVER! HE WAS STILL KILLED BY SKATEBOARDING. :)

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    are also negligent parents that can't wait to put their kids out to play unsupervised in the yard, side-street, wherever - just to get them out of their hair.
    Sumo Vita

    GOOD COMMENT!

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    I HOPE THE DRIVER WILL BE OK IN TIME WHO HIT AND KILLED THE KID.

  • Sumo Vita Sep 18, 2009

    In this case, the story reports the kid crashing into the car, not being hit by it.

    Talking about "warning horn blasts" is a tad absurd in such a scenario. When is "I did not see ....." a valid defense? In cases when you DON'T see an object approaching at speed and hitting the side of your car.

    If the skateboarder ended up hitting the car, then the car was there before the skateboarder. When they install anti-lock brakes on skateboards, perhaps warning blasts on the horn might help.

    It's rarely black and white. Yes, there are problems with speeding in neighborhoods, and yes kids will be kids, but there are also negligent parents that can't wait to put their kids out to play unsupervised in the yard, side-street, wherever - just to get them out of their hair.

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    ALL SKATEBOARDERS SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOU. DON'T BE HARD-HEADED THINKING OTHERWISE. BE SAFE AND NOT SORRY. WE WANT TO SEE YOU GROW UP AND BE THE ADULT WHO MARRIES AND HAVE A FAMILY. DON'T CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL SKATEBOARDING.

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    WILL OTHER PARENTS LEARN FROM THIS AND RETEACH THEIR CHILDREN WHO HAVE SKATEBOARDS?

  • Professor Sep 18, 2009

    "It shall be unlawful for any person to go upon any roadway while moving or riding in or by means of roller skates, coaster, sled or any other nonmotorized or toy vehicle or other similar device; except, while crossing a street at a crosswalk , upon streets and portions thereof properly designated as play or sledding streets , or when such vehicle is a bicycle."

    The Municipal Code of the City of Raleigh may be found at the following location:

    http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=10312&sid=33

    See similar websites for other municipal codes.
    sinenomine

    WHAT IS YOUR CONCRETE POINT, SWEETIE? NC NEEDS A LAW ON SKATEBOARDING AND FINES IF NOT OBEYED. YOU SEE THIS EVERY DAY. SKATING IN THE WRONG PLACES. DO THE PARENTS REALLY CARE?

  • sinenomine Sep 18, 2009

    Following is the definition of "vehicle" in the Raleigh City Code:

    "§11-2001 A vehicle is a device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon fixed rails or tracks; provided, that for the purposes of this chapter bicycles shall be deemed vehicles."

    Also see §11-2123 to the following effect:

    "It shall be unlawful for any person to go upon any roadway while moving or riding in or by means of roller skates, coaster, sled or any other nonmotorized or toy vehicle or other similar device; except, while crossing a street at a crosswalk , upon streets and portions thereof properly designated as play or sledding streets , or when such vehicle is a bicycle."

    The Municipal Code of the City of Raleigh may be found at the following location:

    http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=10312&sid=33

    See similar websites for other municipal codes.

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