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A 10-year-old boy was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in critical condition late Tuesday night after he flew off the hood of a car being driven by his mother on the city’s East Side, police said.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, suffered severe head trauma after the mother suddenly hit the brakes as the car was traveling southbound along the 300 block of North Olive, sending the boy flying off the hood and rolling onto the street, said San Antonio Police Sgt. Marcus Booth. It is unclear how fast the car was traveling or why the boy was riding on the roof, Booth said.
“We don’t know if it was horseplay or just bad judgment,” he said. “It seems odd anybody would do that and put a 10-year-old kid on the hood of a car.”
A 19-year-old woman, a friend of the mother, who also was riding on the hood of the four-door Nissan with Arizona license plates, was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as “cuts and scrapes,” Booth said.
Police responded to the intersection of North Olive and Center Streets about 11 p.m. for a call of two pedestrians hit by a car. When police arrived, they found the boy bleeding with severe injuries to his head.
The 19-year-old woman, who was not identified, told police that they were “just playing,” Booth said. Witnesses told police that the car had traveled about 20 to 30 yards with the two riding on the roof when the mother hit the brakes, Booth said.
It is unclear if police will file charges against the mother, Booth said.