UPDATE: Skateboarder dead after colliding with pickup in San Luis Obispo

The skateboarder, identified as Cal Poly physics major Jacob Robert Van Staaveren, has died

slinn@thetribunenews.comAugust 29, 2012 

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. Thursday: The 22-year-old student who suffered life-threatening injuries while skateboarding on Wednesday afternoon has died, according to San Luis Obispo police.

Jacob Van Staaveren, a Cal Poly senior, was injured about 4:40 p.m. as he was riding a skateboard south on Grove Street, according to San Luis Obispo police.

He died this afternoon, said police Capt. Chris Staley.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m. Thursday: The 22-year-old Cal Poly student who suffered life-threatening injuries after colliding with a pickup on Wednesday afternoon while skateboarding in San Luis Obispo has been identified as Jacob Robert Van Staaveren.

Van Staaveren, who will start his senior year this fall, remains in critical condition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on Thursday, San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley said.

Van Staaveren driver’s license shows he is originally from Kenwood, in Sonoma County, Staley said. He is a physics major at Cal Poly.

The driver of the pickup truck, 43-year-old Gilberto Baltazar, was treated and released from the hospital. Police initially said he might have broken his jaw, but doctors determined it was not broken, Staley said.

Baltazar had some minor facial lacerations, he said.

Police do not have any indication that drugs or alcohol played any role in the crash.

Original story: A 22-year-old Cal Poly student suffered life-threatening injuries after he collided with a pickup Wednesday afternoon while skateboarding in San Luis Obispo, police said.

The incident occurred about 4:40 p.m. at the intersection of Mill and Grove streets, according to Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

According to police, the skateboarder was traveling south on Grove Street when he failed to halt at a stop sign at Mill Street. He “flew through the intersection” into the path of an eastbound truck driven by a 43-year-old San Luis Obispo resident, police said, crashing into the driver’s door.

Although investigators have yet to determine the skateboarder’s speed at the time of the impact, a witness put it at 30 mph, Hixenbaugh said.

“The force of the impact was great enough to injure the driver,” he said, adding that the driver has a possible broken jaw.

Both the driver and the skateboarder were taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Police have yet to release the identity of the skateboarder.

Cynthia Lambert also contributed to this report.

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