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August 16, 2013

Skateboarder hit by car in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — A female teenager from Elizabethtown was hit by a car Wednesday while longboarding.

State Police at Troop B, Zone 3 headquarters in Lewis said the accident occurred on Route 9N, a long hill stretch that slopes onto Court Street.

Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, public information officer, said that a red Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Jonathan Lessard, 28, from Fair Haven, Vt., was operating southbound on 9N in Elizabethtown.

“While he was driving, he found a skateboarder in his lane of travel. He tried to avoid the collision but was unable to,” Fleishman said.

The car struck Lenore Sicola, 15, who is a high-honor-roll student at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, at about 8:45 p.m., shortly after dark.

Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance Squad responded to the accident and transported the teen to Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington with a head injury, Fleishman said.

“She is in stable condition in the hospital.”

A spokeswoman at Fletcher Allen said Lenore was listed in fair condition Thursday morning.

“Investigation revealed Lenore was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident,” Fleishman said.

“It was also reported that she was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time.”

Lenore will be in 10th grade this coming school year. 

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

State Police wished to remind the public to take safety precautions when they are walking, running, riding a bicycle and skateboarding.

“We remind pedestrians to wear reflective clothing and mind the rules of the road,” Fleishman said.

Police also reminded cyclists and skateboarders to wear helmets at all times while riding.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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