Teenage Skateboarder Hit By Car, Killed In Napa

NAPA (BCN) – A Napa teen was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a car while riding his skateboard, Napa police said.

Kristopher John Anderson, 17, a senior at Valley Oak High School in Napa, was struck by a vehicle at Silverado Trail and Highland Avenue at about 9:05 p.m., Napa police Sgt. Paul Paniagua said.

He was found lying nearby on the west shoulder of Silverado Trail and Winding Way, police said.

Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said Anderson was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m. Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

The driver of the car that struck Anderson, Benjamin Espinosa, 29, of Napa, remained at the scene and cooperated with police, Paniagua said.

Police said Anderson was riding his skateboard when he was hit.

It is unknown if alcohol played a role in the accident, but speed does not appear to have been a factor, Paniagua said.

Silverado Trail was closed for about four hours while the incident was investigated.

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  • mhc

    It’s tragic and my heart goes out to the family, but I’m truly surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Living and working in SF, I see skateboarders come within inches of being hit by cars every single day, and in most cases there would be nothing that even the most careful car driver could do.
    I’m sure it feels wonderful riding a skateboard but I wish people would give up riding them on streets and roads. The riders have too little control to be safe in an impact, and NO protective gear at all.

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