Klamath Falls Teen Killed Skateboarding In Crash With Car

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, October 23 2013 at 4:32 PM, Updated: Wed, October 23 2013 at 4:41 PM

A Klamath Falls teen has died from injuries suffered in a weekend skateboarding accident.

18 year old Roberto Hernandez graduated from Link River High School last year...Past Principal Shelly Hunt remembers Hernandez as a student who could always bring a smile to her face...

"Roberto was really a kind-spirited, compassionate young man.  He had lots of friends at Link River, he wanted to help them be a part of his community by becoming a paramedic."

The accident happened just before 6 o'clock Saturday night at Cross Street and Crescent Avenue.

Sergeant Aaron Thomas of the Klamath Falls Police Department notes Hernandez skated into a car driven by 64 year old Sylvia Cook...

"Mr. Hernandez failed to stop at the stop sign coming off of Cross Street, crossed into the southbound lane and struck the side of Mrs. Cook's vehicle.  And he was not wearing a protective helmet, or any protective gear."

Sgt. Thomas adds that Cook was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the accident...

"There are no charges at this time.  She's been found to be not at fault in this accident."

Hunt notes that news of Hernandez' death hit students hard...

"Our whole Link River community is grieving right now.  Our students that came on Monday, we offered counseling support from KYDC on site to support anybody."

Hernandez was enrolled at Klamath Community College at the time of his death.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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