Skateboarder injured, puppies killed in Pasco after being struck by car

PASCO, Wash. - A skateboarder escaped serious injury after being hit by a car on Tuesday, but two loose puppies that were following him did not get so lucky

Pasco Fire Department spokesmen Ben Shearer said the skateboarder was riding southbound on South Eighth Avenue when he rode through a stop sign at West B Street without yielding to oncoming traffic. 

Two puppies from the neighborhood were following close behind the skateboarder when all three were struck by an oncoming car going eastbound on B Street at about 2 p.m. 

The impact caused the skateboarder to smash the car's windshield. He was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Shearer said. The puppies did not survive and their owner has not been located.

Shearer said the skateboarder was not wearing any protective gear when he was hit. He's encouraging people to wear a helmet when riding a skateboard, roller blades or bicycle.

"It really could have been a lot worse for the skateboarder," Shearer said. 

Helmets are available at Richland Recreation Services and the Boys and Girls Club in Pasco for a small fee.

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