Skateboarder Dies After Hit-and-Run Crash

Landen Swanson, 20, was hit earlier this month

By Michelle Wayland and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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Skateboarder Landon Swanson, 20, died from injuries he sustained Jan. 9 when he was struck in San Marcos. Nicole Gonzales reports.

Skateboarder Landon Swanson, 20, died from injuries he sustained Jan. 9 when he was struck in San Marcos. Nicole Gonzales reports.

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A 20-year-old skateboarder who was hit by a hit-and-run driver has died from his injuries, according to a family friend.

Landen Swanson, 20, was riding near Alamitos Way and Oleander Avenue in San Marcos just before 6 p.m. on January 9 when he was hit by a passing vehicle.

Witnesses heard the crash and ran out to the street. They found Swanson lying on the road, bleeding.

Swanson was hospitalized with serious head injuries and was listed in critical condition.

“It was determined that there was no brain activity. The family felt the need to make a decision about his future and chose to let him go in order donate three of his organs to help out other families,” said family friend Staci Bevell.

The vehicle left the scene without stopping according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies. Several hours later, a man called deputies and admitted he was the driver involved in the accident.

Swanson’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.

An account has been set up at Bank of America to help the Morgan family with funeral costs and medical bills for Swanson, according to Bevell. The account number is #24053-04949.

 

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