Teenager Sustains Life-Threatening Injury During Traffic Incident

A 15-year-old boy is in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury after he fell off the roof of a car in North Seattle Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, at approximately 6:10 pm, a Hyundai Elantra 4-door driven by an adult male, was travelling northbound in the 8300 block of Roosevelt Way NE when the driver saw an unidentified male running in the street ahead of him. The driver stopped his car and watched as the male jumped on the hood of the car landing prone on the hood. The driver later told officers that he was certain he did not strike the juvenile victim and there was no evidence to suggest otherwise.  The juvenile victim climbed onto the roof of the car as the driver slowly rolled forward. Witnesses behind the silver Elantra saw the juvenile victim try to do some kind of flip from the car roof toward the rear of the Elantra and wound up landing, head first, onto the street behind the car. The driver of the  Elantra immediately pulled over to the curb and stopped again. Patrol units responded along with the Seattle Fire Department. The juvenile was transported to HMC ER via SFD Medics with life threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to investigate the traffic incident. As is routine, the adult male driver of the vehicle was evaluated for any signs of impairment. No signs of impairment were detected.  The driver and his vehicle were released at the scene. Roosevelt Way NE was shut down for a time while detectives conducted their investigation.