Authorities say a vehicle struck Stephen Cureton while he was skateboarding on Yorktown Avenue, just east of Beach Boulevard, at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Cureton was in the bike lane when he stopped to open a soda, looked up and then the car hit him, launching him about 40 feet into the air.
A friend who was with him was able to get help. Cureton was rushed to UCI Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries including a broken skull, four broken vertebrae, a lacerated spleen, a broken kneecap and a torn ACL. Police say he is expected to survive.
Police have few leads in their search for the driver who just took off after slamming into the teen. The suspect's vehicle was only described as dark-colored sedan.
"It's not right," said Victoria Cureton, mother of the victim. "I just want the right thing to be done. I want you to come forward."
Anyone with information is urged to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at (714) 960-8811.