WATERVILLE — A young man was injured Friday afternoon when the skateboard he was riding down High Street collided with a sport utility vehicle being driven north on Drummond Avenue.

The skateboarder, Chris Acosta, 19, of Waterville, was taken by Delta Ambulance to the Thayer Center for Health on North Street, according to Waterville police Sgt. Jason Longley, who was at the scene. He said that Acosta, who struck the windshield of the vehicle, appeared to have injuries to his head and legs.

Longley said Acosta was riding the skateboard east on High Street down a hill when he collided with a Toyota Highlander SUV being driven north on Drummond Avenue by Deborah Braley, 54, of Benton.

The accident occurred at the intersection of the two streets.

A hospital spokesman said at 8:07 p.m. that Acosta was taken from Thayer to the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, he was in good condition, and he was being admitted to the hospital.

Matthew Jolin, 21, was watching the goings-on from a nearby lawn and said Acosta is his best friend and they live in apartments on the second floor of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on Colby Street.

At the scene around 5 p.m., Acosta lay on the sidewalk, his head and right leg bloodied, as emergency workers, including Waterville firefighters, gently placed him on a backboard and loaded him into the ambulance.

The right side of the Toyota’s windshield was bashed in and the skateboard was under its right front tire. A windshield wiper lay on the road in front of the vehicle. A woman standing by the vehicle door was crying as another woman was comforting her.

Jolin said he and Acosta had gone to the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street and were heading home to the homeless shelter. Jolin was walking and Acosta told him he would go ahead on the skateboard and meet him at the bottom of the hill at the High Street and Drummond Avenue intersection, where there is a neighborhood park.

Jolin said when he walked down the hill, he did not see Acosta.

“I lost sight of him,” Jolin said. “I assumed he’d be waiting on the bench, as usual.”

At that point, he saw the police and rescue workers and a person lying on the ground and he knew there had been an accident.

“I was walking past, and I said, ‘I hope it’s not Chris.'”

Jolin said he was worried about his best friend.

“We were going to have a haircut today. I don’t know what happened. We were going to get a place together at some point. Neither of us have a car. I have a bike and he has a long board.”

He described a long board as a skateboard that is more for cruising and less for doing tricks.

“They’re basically easier to control,” he said.

After speaking with a woman, Jolin started walking east toward College Avenue and the homeless shelter.

Police Officer Scott Dumas helped Longely at the scene.

No charges were filed in the accident, according to Longley.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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