Update: Sergeant Murray Caine said the 16-year-old boy who rode his skateboard through a red light, at the intersection of Oldaker and William Street, had a helmet but it was attached to his backpack and he had earphones in.
He said the boy was taken to the North-West Regional Hospital and sustained minor injuries.
The driver stopped immediately and offered assistance to the boy.
“He has ridden the skateboard, one of those long boards, through the red light and a driver in a four wheel drive was travelling diagonally across from him and he has collided with the young boy in the middle of the intersection,” Sergeant Caine said.
“It is a great result, the driver was doing low speeds in that intersection and low speeds equals minor injuries.”
Earlier: Tasmania Police are waiting to speak with a skateboarder seriously injured in a road crash on Friday.
Devonport CIB Sergeant Jen Hawkins said a 16-year-old skateboarder had allegedly gone through a red light at the intersection of William Street and Oldaker Street in Devonport.
Sergeant Hawkins said the rider had not been wearing a helmet and was travelling on the wrong side of the road.
She said a driver had attempted to brake to avoid the collision.
“The driver is shaken but not injured,” Sergeant Hawkins said.
“It’s important skateboarders use the path, use a helmet and obey all the road rules.”
The incident was reported to police about 8am on Friday.
The male youth was transported to the North West Regional Hospital.
Sergeant Hawkins said skateboarders were not permitted to ride on a public road if road markings were in place.
“This is a timely warning to all road users to be aware of youth or children riding skateboards on public roads,” Sergeant Hawkins said.