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Skateboarder hit, killed by multiple vehicles in Fort Collins Wednesday evening

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Apr 08, 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A 21-year-old man on a skateboard died after he was hit by multiple vehicles on W. Elizabeth Street in Fort Collins Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday around 8:22 p.m., Fort Collins Police responded to a crash between a skateboarder and a vehicle near Constitution Avenue and W. Elizabeth Street.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the skateboarder in the roadway. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, police said. W. Elizabeth Street was closed between Skyline Avenue and Bryan Avenue for about five and a half hours.

Fort Collins Police Services' Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling Team responded to the scene as well and began investigating. They determined that the skateboarder was in the roadway when he was struck by multiple vehicles that were going eastbound on W. Elizabeth Street, police said.

By Thursday afternoon, investigators said they were looking for an additional vehicle involved. Evidence indicates it was likely a lower-speed collision that would have resulted in minimal damage to the vehicle.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the victim Friday as 21-year-old Presiliano A. Maez, of Fort Collins. The coroner’s office said his manner of death was an accident and his cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.

Family members of Maez said that he was an honors student at CSU and also a member of the university’s wrestling team. Online records show he attended Sheridan High School and went 12-5 as a sophomore wrestling for CSU in the 2019-20 season.

Fort Collins police said Friday evening that they are continuing to investigate the collision and believe they have accounted for all the vehicles involved.

"Through a forensic analysis of the vehicles, investigators believe that all vehicles involved in the collision are accounted for and are no longer investigating the collision as a hit-and-run," police said in a statement.

Anybody with information on this crash should call Fort Collins Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416 2224. If you have video surveillance along W. Elizabeth Street that shows traffic, or a dash camera on the street around the time of the collision, contact police.