Man dragged by truck in downtown


Saturday morning a man survived being hit by a taxi and dragged 20 feet Photo credit: Michael Catelli

Michael Catelli

A man riding a skateboard was hit and dragged by a truck in downtown Chico around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The driver was making a right hand turn into the parking lot of Crush Italian Cuisine on East Second Street and was unable to see the skateboarder in the bike lane.The unidentified rider was hit and dragged under the front axil of the truck for roughly 20 feet.

“The driver misjudged the idea of the speed difference and he tried to cut him (off) and took him out,” said Derrick Demarco, a witness. “He didn’t fly, he went down under the front wheel and end up in the back axil.”

The victim was able to crawl out once the truck stopped.

“He was heading eastbound here on Second, the gentlemen didn’t see him in the red pick up,” said Chico Police Sergeant Ben Love.

The skateboarder was transported to Enloe Medical Center with no life threatening injuries.

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