The teen who was killed in a pedestrian versus vehicle collision Friday has been identified by Coroner’s officials.
Santa Clarita resident 14-year-old Wyatt Savaikie has been identified as the teen who was crossing the street with his skateboard when he was hit by a car, said Investigator McCracken with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials responded to a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road around 2:45 p.m.
Savaikie was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. David Shoemaker of the SCV Sheriff’s Station,in a previous interview, adding that “There’s a skateboard in the scene that is broken. I don’t know if he was walking with it when he was struck or riding it at the time. We do have a statement from (the driver). He is being very cooperative with us at this point.”
“The incident is still being investigated but preliminary witness statements said the driver did run the red light,” said Sgt. Richard Cohen with the SCV Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Division, adding that all fatal crashes and cases similar to this are presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, whose officials determine whether to charge any parties involved in the case.
Bouquet Canyon Road northbound of Seco Canyon Road was closed for hours after the incident. The left lane was opened around 7 p.m., about four hours after the incident.
The right lane remained closed for another couple hours while crews cleaned up the road.
Savaikie was going to be a freshman at Valencia High School this fall, Hart District officials said.