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Community Commentary: A warning for skateboarders and their parents

July 21, 2011|By Mona Roberts

At 10:30 a.m. July 5, I almost killed four young boys who were skateboarding against a red light going north on South Coast Highway.

I wonder if their parents had any idea of the danger the boys had put themselves in, or how easy it would be for a motorist turning left onto South Coast Highway from Bluebird Canyon (with the green light) to hit them as they appeared "out of nowhere" with no apparent concern for the traffic signal, or the oncoming cars.

It was apparent to me that they had no idea of the danger they were in, most likely believing, as many young boys do, that they were invulnerable.

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Since I know they are vulnerable, the incident left me trembling and acutely aware of how easily a young life could have been snuffed out.

Parents, please do something to save your kid's life from being ended in this terrible way.

MONA ROBERTS lives in Laguna Beach.

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