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Carlsbad Police ask public for help in fatal skateboard accident

CARLSBAD — Police are asking for the public’s help in determining the circumstances surrounding a fatal skateboarding accident on Oct. 4.

According to Lt. Christie Calderwood, 20-year-old Jonah Dantuma, of Lakewood, died after the electric skateboard he was riding somehow resulted in an accident leading to severe head trauma at about 7:44 a.m. on Sunday morning. There was at least one witness who saw the board in the air and Dantuma on the ground at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Calderwood said.

Law enforcement received word from a witness that other individuals had stopped to assist until the fire department arrived to help Dantuma but left before they were able to be interviewed by police. It is not known in which direction Dantuma was skating.

Calderwood said there have been skaters in the past who ride down the steep hill on Chestnut Avenue west toward the Interstate 5 underpass generating a high rate of speed.

Calderwood is encouraging those other potential witnesses to contact the police so they can get a better understanding of what transpired. She said police do not believe any motorists hit Dantuma, although they are requesting the public’s help as a way to relay to Dantuma’s family a full scope of the accident.

For those with any information can contact CPD Motor Officer John Maud at 760-271-5766.