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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 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Joshua, do not know you, but our thoughts are with you and hope you recover from this. Praying God is holding you tight and helping your body to heal. My daughter saw the aftermath of this last night. At 10:30pm they still had the roads blocked off with lights and some camera's. Wrote a note to Patch to see what it was as it sounded like a movie with the way she described the cameras and lights. I guess that is what the Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team looks like at work. Sounds extremely thourough at reconstructing what could have happened in this case and others.
GD November 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
We drove by this about a minute or two after it happened last night; the woman was just getting out of her car and another person was on the sidewalk on their phone, probably calling 911. The spot where he was hit was very dark, and he was lying in the number three eastbound lane. It was nowhere near a crosswalk. I hope he is all right. It didn't look good to us.
Brenda November 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
GD, I don't know about the rest of all you but I am literally getting sick from reading of these crashes, serious injuries, deaths a few times a week literally next to my home, or within a few blocks. These young people with a whole life ahead of them, MOms, Dads, Grandparents no one is left out. Who evers fault it is, its horrible horrible that this goes on all the damn time. I want to round up everyone in this City at one event and list down all the people who have been injured, left with a serious condition, or those who have died, why, how, and when in the last year. Talk to everyone in our City, walkers, skateboarders, bike riders, motorcycle riders, car drivers, EVERyone, OF ALL ages, and get everyone to be more responsible. Have the families speak of their loved ones, and what actually was the reason for the accident. Because its not just one specific person type who is involved in these collisions, wrecks, accidents, its everyone of all ages, backgrounds, vehicles or no vehicles. Our CITY has got to do something as a whole, all of us. I am sick of people dying. If we have to reteach everyone then lets do it. We need to stop these senseless accidents, and deaths, permanent injuries NOW.
GD November 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I agree, Brenda. The young boy who was hit near Vail Ranch Elementary a few weeks ago is a neighbor. He's doing just fine now but the intersection where he was hit has been an issue for a long time. My husband and I have been pushing the city to see what can be done to improve safety in that area. We also live very close to the spot where a Pauba Valley Elementary student died after her mother's car crashed into a light pole. The mom in that case was charged; police said she was DUI. I haven't seen an update.
Brenda November 09, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Glad to hear about the young boy and I dont remember reading about him in the news. Not often do we hear anything good from a person vs. vehicle. You know GD, I will agree there is some intersections, our freeway section are not the best of designs, or kind of thrown together as an after thought, but it still takes someone not paying attention to cause the accident. Usually everyone knows the sharp corners, or curves, or blind spots all around where they live and others should just be careful and realize if they cant see around a corner or stop sign to look better then normal. So the bottom line still comes down to the drivers, or motorcyles, skateboarders, kids, etc, just one person doing one thing wrong. Or heck how many people do we see running across Margarita or Margarita, not at a signal on any given day, alot! Its a small thing to obey the laws, be extra careful when you know a corner or intersection is a rough one, bikes, walkers, skateboarders make yourself obvious and do not do things that are against the law to do in a car, ie jay skateboard, cross over a crosswalk on the red because there is no traffic coming, etc. No one wants to get an accident, get seriously injured themselves or be the reason someone else is, and just driving safely, or skateboarding safely, following the laws will end alot of these "accidents".
RC November 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Brenda, Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. God has answered them and Josh is stabilized. He is still in ICU at this time, but should recover quite well in time.
Brenda November 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
RC you made my night! Had shared this article tonight with my family earlier and we said a prayer for him and his family. Believe it or not these 26 yr old skateboarders are a way of life at our house sometimes. One daughters fiance is 26 and skateboards as his sport, and I have two daughters that also skateboard. Been through the crashes and hiding those skateboards I dont know how many times. Hate the time at the ER with concussions! I am so very happy he is going to pull through this and hopefully you can burn the skateboard while he is recovering!! ;) I am joking as its just like any other sport teens, men enjoy and stay in shape doing. Sometimes you are going to get hurt. Thank you for letting us know how he is RC, its nice you took a moment to post here.
Andy November 09, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Why is Temecula such a terrible city for driving, bicyclists, and pedestrians? On both sides... I've seen cars drive very negligently towards pedestrians / bicyclists and pedestrians / bicyclists act like they own the road. On top of it the design of our roads and freeways doesn't help either. I wish they'd design better roads instead of cramming more commercial shopping centers / strip malls in areas with already a bunch of traffic. I do not enjoy driving in this town at all.
Sarah Castaneda November 09, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Thats my lover. And hes not 26. Hes 28. Were having a baby next month. Pray hes able tobe recovered by then so he can witness the birth of his first child.
Brenda November 09, 2012 at 08:08 AM
I don't either Andy and I always forget to bring my camera/video when my daughter drives me some place and I have missed some doozies to shoot video of. Blatant, hit the gas harder running red lights is the main one. Then 2nd is rolling stop signs. My husband and I sat at a stop sign to go left, and we watched every car but one roll right threw the stop sign to turn right. 1 in about 15 cars!!! I would have loved to video it, with the license plates, and had it posted on the patch just to show that its my belief that Temeculans feel a sense of entitlement, grandiose, "I own this town", and LAZY type of behavior when driving. Watching all those cars do that right turn, most all within the 40k plus and up price range were just too lazy to put on a signal turn light, to stop, to check for clearance, then turn. Because this was a 1 stop like the straight down of the T is where we were. These people never looked RIGHT before turning, just left as they rolled right on through. Making us extremely happy that no one was riding a bike, walking, skateboarding because they would have been hit. Red lights, everyone needs to use camera's and video, its outrageous how many punch it after the light turns red. If we cannot have officers there we need camera's!! It needs to stop. Its easy to see how innocent military men get T-boned by large SUV's running red lights. At least what, 25, 30, 35, serious injuries, deaths in the last 6 months, not ALL inside a car.
Brenda November 09, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Oh I bet he will be, God Willing, Sarah!!. There is nothing quite as awesome and momentous as the birth of your child and not much that will keep someone, anyone, your husband, boyfriend, lover, whoever, from being there!! Best of luck with a happy beautiful baby.
Sarah Castaneda November 09, 2012 at 08:28 AM
thanks. I hope so. He would be so heartbroken if he missed it. Hes my fiance.
Net November 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
What the heck is he doing in the middle if the road at night SKATEBOARDING on a busy ass street where cars drive 50 mph on? Doesn't make sense.
margie hammersley November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
not frist child
Michael November 10, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I agree. It's sad. But, do people not learn their lesson. Did they hear about the kid from my school Gardner Middle School (well now I am at GOHS) but he went go GMS. And he was riding a skateboard at like 9:30 at night by the duck pond hit by car died at scene. I know a few people really close to him. His girlfriend got a tattoo of him on her back. But, that story was sad because he died. But, seriously, people of Temecula, LEARN YOUR LESSON, when you ride your skateboard in Temecula on a busy intersection it isn't going to end well.
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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