I was cited in AZ under ARS 28-792
My truck was hit approximately 24 inches from the front on the side of the vehicle. I was in the right hand turn lane, I had stopped, waited for traffic coming from the left and proceeded when the skateboarder hit me.28-792. Right-of-way at crosswalk
A. Except as provided in section 28-793, subsection B, if traffic control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be in order to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
B. If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
The skateboarder said he stopped and made eye contact with me. I never saw him when I turned back to the right and made my turn.
This was an unmarked crosswalk.
I am not quite sure how to proceed with my defense. Given the "bold/ital.." statement in the provided ARS. I started by looking up some facts.
NTSB says reaction time is 1.5 seconds.
Every 1 MPH equals 1.4667 feet per second
Average skateboard travels at 7-10MPH
There is approximately 12 feet of visiblity in the right lane looking right at this intersection due to a light pole and shrubs (this does not include a blind spot created by the "A" pillar of the vehicle)
When in the right hand turn lane the vehicle is approximately 3-4 feet away from the curb.
Any help would be appreciated.