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Teen hit and run victim: 'I was lucky that nothing worse happened'

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A Vancouver-area teenager is recovering from several injuries after being hit by a van while skateboarding near his friend's home, he said.

The hit and run crash happened at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 3900 block of Northeast 52nd Street, which is in the Minnehaha area. Clark County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to identify the driver who took off after the crash.

Matthew Skovorodin, 14, said he was on his Landyachtz longboard near the sidewalk across from his friend's house when he was hit.

"We were just playing around because I was about to be driven home," Matthew said.

Matthew's friend, Anatoliy Volovodik, said he saw a van driving down the street and started to yell.

"I screamed 'Car! Car!' but Matthew didn't have enough time to turn with his longboard," Anatoliy said. 

The van slammed into Skovorodin from behind and knocked him to the ground, Anatoliy said. The driver only stopped for a few seconds then took off without checking to see if Matthew was OK, he added. 

"I was in a lot of pain, and I felt dizzy," Matthew said. "It was really hard to walk."

Anatoliy and his family helped get Matthew out of the street and contacted his family about what happened. 

Matthew's mother drove him to the hospital, where he stayed for about five hours, she said. Matthew fractured his wrist, had to get several stitches on his ear, bruised his leg, and suffered a number of scratches and scrapes on his back.

Anatoliy said the man who hit his friend was driving a blue or gray minivan. The driver appeared to be bald or balding, he added. He was possibly in his 30s or 40s.

"He should at least say he's sorry or apologize to him," Anatoliy said.

"I was lucky that time that nothing worse happened," said Matthew. 

Matthew said he doesn't feel any hatred toward the man who hit him.

He just wants the driver to take responsibility for what he did, he said.

"Just a bit of money, so I can get my board back," he said. "And hopefully he understands what he did was wrong and he won't do it again."

Matthew bought the longboard on Craigslist over the summer after saving up some money, he said. It cost him several hundred dollars, Anatoliy said.

Matthew said he is very thankful that his friend's family came to his aid after the crash. 

If you know anything about the driver who hit Matthew, contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office. A spokesman said the driver could face felony hit-and-run charges.

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