About 6 p.m. Monday, a black Mercedes Benz with a dark tint pulled out of Bounty Way and proceeded onto Skyline Drive while two Thurston Middle School seventh-graders were skateboarding on Skyline. The driver intentionally tried to hit one of the downhill skateboarders with his car, according to the other child. The first boy was able to maneuver out of his way just in time. The other one chased after the car, trying to get a look at the driver, but the car then intentionally veered into him. Thankfully, he was not gravely harmed. The driver sped off.
One of the skateboarders is an honor roll student. The other is the national champion in downhill skateboarding. These are not reckless kids who were not paying attention. These were two minors who have a lot to lose by being derelict.
They were enjoying their favorite pastime, on a hill that is not banned. They were behaving in a respectful and thoughtful way. They were not looking for trouble, but trouble found them.