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8-Year-Old Killed While Riding Skateboard

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday after he was stuck while riding his skateboard.

It happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 1400-block of Gilmore Drive in Jefferson Hills.

Police say the 8-year-old Connor Zink was struck by a car and found unresponsive.

Zink was later taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

The driver of the car told police he only saw Zink after it was too late and couldn’t avoid hitting him.

A small memorial has been placed on the street where Zink was hit. Firefighters from the Blaine Hill Fire Department in Elizabeth Township put a wreath at the memorial site this evening.

Zink grew up in Clairton, he lives in Elizabeth with his mother, and was visiting his dad and grandfather last night.

Zink loved to sit in the fire truck and sound the horn, and he told firefighters he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up.  The boy’s grandfather, Dale Zink, told  KDKA-TV News tonight that he will give his grandson’s bike to one of the boy’s friends who lives down the street.

He said Connor would want it that way.

His aunt, Ashley Zink, said her nephew was in the second grade in the Clairton City School District.

He would light up a room with his smile, she said, adding that he was very humorous and would say the cutest things.

Jeremy Zink, the boy’s father, said his son was coming home from playing when the accident happened.

He said the street needs more street lights and stop signs to make it safer for children.

Allegheny County Homicide is investigating.

No word on if the driver will face any charges.

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