Maryland pro skateboarder helping to build memorial skatepark

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BALTIMORE, MD. -- A professional skateboarder from Maryland is helping raise money to build a skatepark to be named in honor of a five-year-old boy killed by a distracted driver.

Joey Jett had spent the last year touring the world with fellow pro Mike Vallely. During that time he took photographs and filmed a new skateboarding movie.

Those photographs and movie, "The Art of Skateboarding", will be debuted this Saturday at Bustin Boards in Baltimore. Skateboard art will also be featured at the debut and much of it will be auctioned.

All money raised will go towards building a skatepark at the soon-to-be redesigned Rash Field. The skatepark will be named in honor of Jake Owen.

Owen, 5, was an avid skateboarder himself, but was killed by a distracted driver in 2011. In the aftermath of the crash, his parent's worked to pass a law, called "Jake's Law", that toughened the penalties for distracted driving.

Construction of phase one of the Rash Field redesign, which includes the skatepark, is expected to start by this time next year. However, as the design for the skatepark itself has not been finished, a completion date has not been set.

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