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Skateboarder critical after being struck by SUV

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A Center Grove area teenager was hit by a vehicle while skateboarding late at night on State Road 135.

Daniel Sage, 15, was hit by a sport utility vehicle south of Smokey Row Road and State Road 135 around 11 p.m. Saturday. He was in critical condition Monday afternoon at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, hospital spokeswoman Lori Ewoldt said.

The driver of the vehicle, Adam J. Ruder, 17, also of the Center Grove area, told police he was traveling south on State Road 135 when Sage appeared out of the grass along the west side of the highway. Ruder swerved left, crossing the center line, to avoid Sage but didn’t have enough time and struck him, according to a Bargersville Police Department report.

Ruder told police he stopped his car down the road and ran back to check on Sage.

Sage suffered a head injury and was unconscious when police and an ambulance arrived, the report said.

Jonathan Helvie was traveling about 100 feet behind Ruder’s vehicle and saw the accident. He told police both vehicles were going about 45 mph when Sage was hit.

Helvie, who is a doctor, stopped to help the teenager while his wife called 911. He checked Sage and found that he was breathing and had a pulse but was unconscious, Helvie said. The teen didn’t have any visible broken bones but did appear to have an internal head injury, he said.

The roadway was dark because there are no streetlights in the area, Helvie said. Sage was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and shorts and was skateboarding along the west side of State Road 135 about a fifth of a mile south of Smokey Row Road. Helvie wasn’t sure whether Sage was traveling with or against traffic when he was hit.

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