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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Reggie Destin dies at 42 news services

Chicago skateboarder Reggie Destin, 42, died Saturday from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car Oct. 19 while skateboarding in Chicago's Wicker Park.

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I inform all of you that Reggie Destin left us in this life this morning. All of us have been touched by him. Even those of you that may have not known Reggie personally have been touched by the love for him by all of us," Christopher Pitzen wrote on, where a fund was set up to raise money to pay for Destin's medical expenses. As of Saturday evening, nearly $29,000 had been raised and the goal is to hit $250,000.

Destin has worked for skateboard companies and owned a skateboard shop called Push in the late 1990s, professional skateboarder Johnny Fonseca told CBS Chicago.

Destin was struck by a Dodge Neon around 2 a.m. on Oct. 19 while he was skateboarding in the bike lane of North Milwaukee Avenue. Destin sustained a skull fracture and multiple fractures and had been in critical condition in John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, according to CBS Chicago.

Luis P. Pena, 30, is being held without bail after being charged with aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and several misdemeanor charges, according to the Chicago Tribune. Pena did not have a drivers license, Cook County prosecutors told news outlets.