OAKHURST – On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at approximately 11:54 pm, the Merced Communication Center (MCC) received a call of a traffic collision on Road 427 east of Elliott Drive, with medical personnel responding. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Oakhurst Area responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the initial investigation it was determined a 20 year old male was riding his skateboard, along with two (2) other people, westbound on Road 427, east of Elliott Drive.
An unidentified driver was driving an unknown SUV westbound on Road 427, west of Elliott Drive, at an unknown speed, approaching the rear of the skateboarder. While they were riding, the two people in front of the skateboarder heard screeching tires and then an impact from behind them.
For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle struck the skateboarder, throwing him to the ground. As a result the skateboarder suffered major injuries.
The driver immediately fled the scene, driving the SUV westbound on Road 427. The driver did not stop to check on the skateboarder, nor to wait for law enforcement. Upon the arrival of CHP and other emergency personnel, CPR was performed on the skateboarder; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Witnesses on scene described the involved vehicle as a dark colored SUV type vehicle, similar to that of a Jeep Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner, with round yellow headlights and rectangular taillights.
The CHP Oakhurst Area is requesting the assistance from anyone who may have knowledge of this crash to call the CHP Oakhurst Area office at (559) 658-6590 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498- STOP (7867).
It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this crash.
We will update as more information is provided.