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Skateboarder hit in downtown Prescott; flown to Phoenix hospital

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott police officers inspect a vehicle that was allegedly involved in a collision with a skateboarder at an alley between Marina and Cortez Wednesday afternoon in downtown Prescott.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott police officers inspect a vehicle that was allegedly involved in a collision with a skateboarder at an alley between Marina and Cortez Wednesday afternoon in downtown Prescott.

PRESCOTT - A 15-year-old skateboarder is at Phoenix Children's Hospital with severe injuries after being run over by a car Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m. on Sheldon Street, near an alley between Cortez and Marina in downtown.

According to Prescott Police Sgt. Brian Dever, the teen was traveling west on Sheldon Street when a vehicle drove out of the alley, running over the boy with both front and rear tires. Dever said they are investigating if the boy collided with the car or if he was already on the ground when he was run over.

Police said the vehicle failed to remain on scene after the collision, but was found a short time later.

The victim was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West and then flown by Native Air to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The teen sustained head injuries, but was conscious when emergency personnel arrived, according to Dever.

Witnesses were able to assist officers in identifying and locating the driver and the vehicle involved, according to a news release. The driver was detained and is being interviewed as part of the investigation.

Traffic in one lane of Sheldon Street was restricted while the youth was being treated, however is now fully open.

At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol may have been contributing factors.

This investigation is ongoing and further details may be available at a later date, police said.