Skateboarder Hit By Vehicle In Temecula

Temecula resident Joshua Schmittou, 26, was riding his skateboard southbound across traffic lanes on Winchester Road when he was hit shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A man who was hit by a vehicle as he rode his skateboard on Winchester Road in Temecula Wednesday night suffered serious injuries, police are confirming today.

Temecula resident Joshua Schmittou, 26, was riding his skateboard southbound across traffic lanes on Winchester Road near Ynez Road when he was hit shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to Sgt. John Magnon of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver, Sandra Orlaski of Temecula, remained at the scene and was interviewed by investigating officers, Magnon said. Alcohol, drugs or other impairment are not suspected to be factors in the collision, the sergeant added, and no arrests were made.

Winchester Road was closed for approximately four hours while members of the Temecula Police Department's Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation, Magnon said.

Brenda November 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Michael was this just a few months ago your friend died? I recall a skateboarder getting hit but never heard if he pulled through or not, but it was like 3 months ago. I am so sorry to hear about him and his death. Everyone who walks, rides or drives something just need to be cautious, obey the laws and be courteous to others.
Sherri McMillian November 10, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Hi Sarah! I am Lexxi's Stepmom and have been praying my heart out for the three of you! God loves you all and so do I...prayer changes things. God Bless You all!
Sherri McMillian November 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Have you never done anything stupid in your life? If you are without sin then you can cast the 1st stone!
Michael November 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Brenda, it was in April. It was during spring break, a week before school started again. Right next to the duck pond.
Brenda November 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Michael, I think that is the one I am thinking of. Was it in the patch? I have a vague memory of a skateboarder getting hit in that area by a car making a left or something but don't remember anything else. Sure didnt hear he died, and I am so sorry for his family and friends. Just another one to add to our long list this year. Sherri, Yes we all have even at the age of 28, or 52. Just usually our stupid moves in life, where we really go out and put ourselves in the line of "traffic" is noticed a bit more I think then the normal run of the mill stupid stuff. We all do a hum dinger once or twice in our lives :) Joshua was just popular enough to make the paper. Posing the question O-Really did will probably not be the first time Joshua hears it, and it doesnt mean anyone is or without sin and stones. Was just a question. Let Joshua know he has some folks rooting for his fast recovery in time for the new baby! Its diaper time!


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