A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured on Monday after being pushed through traffic and hit by a car in Hemet, authorities said.
Police and paramedics responded around 4:45 p.m. to reports that a minor was injured after being hit by a car near Stetson Avenue and Seven Hills Drive, according to the Hemet Police Department.
The boy, who was not identified until he was 15, was skateboarding east of Stetson near the intersection when a group of youths confronted him, police said in a press release.
A brief altercation ensued and the boy was thrown onto the roadway, police said. A white Tesla was traveling east on Stetson at the same time and hit the teenager.
The boy was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition “but luckily he is expected to survive,” police said in a statement.
Officers have contacted the injured teenager’s family and the local high school he attends has also been notified.
After the incident, police said the group of youths fled. Detectives are now working to identify them and “their exact involvement in this seemingly senseless incident,” according to the statement.
The young man’s skateboard was not found at the scene, police said.
The Tesla driver, identified only as a 52-year-old man, pulled over after the collision and is cooperating with investigators, officials said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Gabe Gomez at (951) 765-2396 or [email protected]
Los Angeles Times