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Elburn teen hurt after running into car while skateboarding

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 1:31 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 4:23 p.m. CST

ELBURN – A 15-year-old Elburn girl was injured Saturday night after she ran into the side of a car while skateboarding, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said.

She was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and had left the intensive care unit and was listed in stable condition, according to a hospital official.

The incident took place just after 7 p.m. Saturday. The girl was skateboarding south in the 800 block of Ridge Drive and was approaching the intersection with Prairie Valley Street. Smith said the girl was traveling at a high rate of speed and could not stop, and that she hit the side of a car that was traveling on Prairie Valley.

"She had quite a bit of speed," Smith said. "She was unable to stop and ran into the side of a car. The car was going very slowly. The car did not hit her. … It was not the car driver's fault, and there were no tickets issued."

Smith said he did not know whether the girl was wearing protective gear.

The incident took place a few months after a similar one in which 13-year-old Caitlyn Phillips died after Phillips collided with a car while inline skating. That took place in April.

"There are similarities to it, but every crash is different in some aspect," Smith said. "It was a teenage girl. But it was a skateboard instead of inline skates. … This was very fortunate in that there were just injuries, however serious they are."

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