Teen Skateboarder, Pickup Truck Driver Hospitalized After Colliding in Anaheim

A teenage skateboarder in Anaheim was critically injured in a crash with a pickup truck that also left the driver hospitalized, police said.

The 1999 Ford F-250 was eastbound in the 1400 block of W. Ball Road about 7:45 a.m. when it veered into opposite lanes and onto the sidewalk, striking the 17-year-old boy and dragging him through a parking lot, according the Anaheim Police Department. The truck continued, plowing into a cinder block wall and flipping onto the driver side in a driveway.

The boy ended up in some bushes and was crying for help when bystanders arrived at the scene.

"I ran around the front of the truck to see who was still in the truck. One guy was still in there and I got a brick and knocked the window open and got him out, and he kicked his way out," a witness said.

The skateboarder and driver were hospitalized in critical condition.The boy was stable and expected to survive.

The collision occurred within a couple of blocks of three schools. The boy is a Gilbert High School student, according to police.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. Police said drugs and alcohol did not appear to be contributing factors.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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