Injured skateboarder dies

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- A 20-year-old skateboarder from Vista struck by a hit- and-run driver in San Marcos earlier this month has died, sheriff's officials said.

The skateboarder suffered severe head trauma when struck at Alamitos Way and Oleander Avenue about 5:50 p.m. Jan. 9, according to San Diego County sheriff's Deputy George Barone.

Medics took the injured skater to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead last Friday, Barone said.

A 35-year-old San Marcos man called authorities several hours after the incident and confessed to striking the skateboarder, authorities have said. The motorist was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. His name was not released.

Longtime family friend Staci Bevell told U-T San Diego the skateboarded was Landen Swanson.

Swanson was taken off life support Friday when it was determined he had no brain activity so three of his organs could be donated, Bevell told the newspaper.

A service for Swanson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.

An account has been set up at Bank of America to help the family with medical bills and funeral costs, U-T San Diego reported. Donations can be made at any branch.

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