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Woman, 83, dies after being struck by skateboarder

July 6, 2011 |  8:01 pm

An 83-year-old woman died after she was struck by a skateboarder riding down hill in Capitola, near Santa Cruz.

The 17-year-old skateboarder struck Maryann Slettehaugh on Tuesday after he rolled through a stop sign in the seaside city, Capitola police told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Police said that the teen apparently spotted the woman as she moved through the crosswalk and jumped off his skateboard in an attempt to avoid striking her.

Slettehaugh was knocked unconscious and died at a nearby hospital. The teen was not arrested in the incident, which is under investigation.

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