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Death of longboarding teen killed by vehicle was accidental

Image Credit: GLOBAL OKANAGAN/with permission/Megan Turcato
March 24, 2015 - 5:31 PM

VERNON - A Vernon teenager struck by a car while longboarding July 13, 2014, died of multiple blunt force trauma as a result of the impact, and the incident was accidental, the B.C. Coroners Service has concluded.

Christopher Mathew Mitchell, 17, was out longboarding on 39 Street at 11 p.m. when he was hit by an eastbound 2000 Chevrolet Ventura at Okanagan Avenue. He was not wearing a helmet or protective clothing at the time of the accident, and while no alcohol or prescribed drugs were detected he had recently consumed marijuana, according to a report from the coroners. Mitchell was unresponsive and a pulse was not detected at the scene. He was taken by ambulance to Vernon Jubilee Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The coroner notes the road where the incident occurred was free from sand and gravel and the weather was warm at roughly 15 degrees Celsius. It was dark out but there was some illumination from the Okanagan Avenue street lights.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.


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