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Skateboarder in fatal crash had high blood alcohol level

  • Friends of Joe Hyland brought gifts of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, skateboards, flowers and notes for the 24-year-old who was fatally struck by a car crossing Mendocino Ave. at Benton St. on Friday night.

A Santa Rosa man killed after he was struck by a car while he rode a skateboard across Mendocino Avenue was legally intoxicated, Santa Rosa police said Monday.

Joe Hyland, 24, had a blood-alcohol level of .28 percent, more than three times the legal limit if he'd been operating a vehicle, said Sgt. Rich Celli.

Traffic investigators have been investigating the fatal collision for a month. They completed their report on Monday.

Hyland was riding across the four-lane avenue at Benton Street the night of March 25 when he was hit by a 2000 BMW driven by Mansor Mickel, 28, of Santa Rosa.

Hyland was thrown from his board and died from his injuries.

Investigators determined Hyland was at fault.

"It appeared he darted out into the roadway and we believe the influence of alcohol was a factor in his decision-making," Celli said.

A blood test also confirmed that the driver, Mickel, was not intoxicated at the time of the collision, Celli said.

Hyland was remembered by family, friends and co-workers as a charismatic young man, a talented artist and a generous friend.

He'd been employed by Pacific Market and Sandy's Pizza at the Town and Country shopping center.

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