Teen skateboarder struck while riding to work at Publix has died

Sky Anna Marie Taylor, a 17-year-old junior at Spoto High School, was riding to Publix when she was struck by a driver, deputies say.
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Published March 25
Updated March 25

BRANDON — A 17-year-old skateboarder struck while she was riding to work at Publix this past weekend died Sunday from her injuries, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The incident took place at about 6:45 a.m. Saturday. Sky Anna Marie Taylor was riding on the fog line separating the bicycle lane from other lanes of travel along Providence Lakes Boulevard near South Gornto Lake Road when she was struck by a Volkswagen Passat, deputies said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, whose name was not released, was also on her way to work and did not see Taylor, according to the Sheriff's Office. The right front end of the car struck the 17-year-old. The driver stopped and called 911.

Taylor was taken to Tampa General Hospital and pronounced dead at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Taylor was a junior at Spoto High School and school officials plan to have crisis counselors on hand Tuesday when classes resume after spring break, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Publix spokesman Brian West said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times: “Sky worked at our Lake Brandon Plaza location. Our entire Publix family is saddened by her loss. Her family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Contact Tony Marrero at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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