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Longboard shop surprises teenage victim of Vancouver hit and run

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Matthew Skovorodin with his new longboard Matthew Skovorodin with his new longboard

A business in Northeast Portland surprised the teenage victim of a Vancouver hit and run crash with a new longboard Wednesday.

Matthew Skovorodin, 14, was hit by a van on Dec. 10 while riding his longboard with some friends in Vancouver. The driver only stopped for a few seconds then took off without checking to see if Skovorodin was OK, his friend said.

Skovorodin suffered a fractured wrist, some scrapes and scratches on his back, and had to have stitches put in his left ear.

Employees at Daddies Board Shop located at Northeast 80th and Columbia in Portland heard about what happened to him after FOX 12 aired a story about the crash. They were so moved, that they emailed FOX 12 and offered to replace Skovorodin's broken longboard for free.

Employees surprised Skovorodin with a new Landyachtz longboard at the shop on Wednesday night.

"Oh my God!" Skovorodin said after FOX 12 reporter Steve McCarron announced the surprise to him. "Wow! That's amazing."

Employees at Daddies Board Shop installed a certain type of wheel that will make it easier for Skovorodin to do tricks and slide to a stop, they said. They couldn't help but notice the smile on his face as they were putting everything together.

"It was so crazy. He was like so happy about this board. And it just made me really stoked for him, too," employee Eric Hoang said.

Once all the parts were in place, Skovorodin took his new Landyachtz longboard for a test ride around the shop.

"It feels awesome! Feels just like the other one," Skovorodin said.

Skovorodin said he's incredibly grateful for the surprise and can't thank the employees at Daddies Board Shop enough for his early Christmas gift.

"Just want to thank everybody who's been helping me through and stuff," Skovorodin said. "Best gift ever."

On top of Skovorodin's surprise, his parents said they both passed their citizenship tests Wednesday to become U.S. citizens.

Deputies still need the public's help to identify the driver who hit Skovorodin on Dec. 10. Skovorodin's friend said the man was driving a blue or gray minivan. He was bald or balding and possibly in his 30s or 40s, he said. 

If you have any information about the case, call the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

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