Police: Victim in Tieton Drive hit and run struck SUV on a skateboard
YAKIMA, Wash. - Police are saying Friday that video surveillance reveals an Eisenhower student who reported being the victim in a hit and run actually rode his skateboard and struck the side of an SUV.
Traffic officers with the Yakima Police Department were called to the collision involving a black SUV and a pedestrian at Eisenhower High School, Monday.
He was taken to Virginia Mason emergency room to treat his non-serious injuries.
The victim, 16-year-old Nathaniel Campbell and his friend reported the collision happened at the South 44th Ave. and Tieton Dr. crosswalk, and claimed Campbell became unconscious from the crash.
The SUV then drove away at a high speed without exchanging information while the witness helped the victim, according to their report.
They said once the victim regained consciousness, he went home and one hour later called for medical attention and chose to report the incident to police.
Police determined Campbell was actually riding his skateboard at Tieton Drive about 300 feet east of the South 44th intersection where he hit the side of the passing black SUV, after reviewing video surveillance.
Video also revealed the skateboarder immediately got up after the collision, grabbed his skateboard and went to the Yakima Transit bus stop which he boarded and left the area.
The SUV stopped and pulled over in the Eisenhower parking lot, and drove away after a short time, according to police.
The Yakima Police Department Traffic Unit is asking for anyone with additional information regarding this collision or the identity of the black Chevrolet SUV or its driver to contact them at (509)576-6566.