Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police have released an update on the Eau Claire high school student who was seriously hurt when he fell off a moving vehicle.
The 17-year old boy was unconscious and his head was bleeding when police arrived at the Memorial High School parking lot earlier this month. Now, police say their investigation shows the boy and a 16-year old student walked out of the school together. That's when authorities say the younger teen got in the driver's seat of his van and the older boy jumped onto the hood and sat on it.
Police say the driver then pulled forward and said he accelerated to at least 30 miles per hour when he saw the victim lose his balance and fall off. He was then run over by the van.
Police say when they are done investigating, they will forward the case to the DA for consideration of possible charges, which is standard procedure.*************************************
Witnesses indicate that the two juveniles exited Memorial High School and approached the van, upon which one male got into the driver's seat while the other male “jumped” onto the hood of the van. The male on the hood was seated facing forward on the passenger side of the hood. The driver pulled forward from a parked position and turned left traveling E/B through the lot towards Fairfax St. The driver estimates he accelerated to approximately 30-35 mph when he saw the rider losing his balance. The driver tried to slow down gradually but the rider fell off going under the passenger side of the van. The driver felt the van drive over the rider and he immediately stopped to render aid.
The Eau Claire Police Department Crash Reconstruction Team collected physical evidence and diagramed the scene which has confirmed the statement of the driver and several witnesses; however, the actual speed of the vehicle has not yet been determined.
The injured male is recovering from serious injuries. This case is still under investigation by the Eau Claire Police Department. Upon completion, this case will be forwarded to the Eau Claire County District Attorney's Office for review, which is normal protocol in these types of cases.