11-year-old injured jumping from moving car on I-94

2009-05-08T00:00:00Z 11-year-old injured jumping from moving car on I-94Times Staff nwitimes.com
May 08, 2009 12:00 am  • 

PORTAGE | An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to the University of Chicago hospital around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon after he jumped from a moving vehicle on Interstate 94.

According to a statement from the Indiana State Police, a preliminary investigation showed that Bobbie Gonzalez, 62, of Chicago had gone to Michigan to pick up her grandson Keayr Griffin, 11, of Chicago, who was a runaway. Gonzalez is Griffin's legal guardian.

Griffin was seat belted in the rear seat of Gonzalez's 1998 Chevrolet Aveo with the child restraint locks activated, reports said. At about 3:45 p.m. Gonzalez said she noticed Griffin removed his seat belt and was moving into the trunk through a back seat panel. As he was entering the trunk, Gonzalez slowed down her vehicle to about 45 miles per hour. Griffin opened the trunk and jumped from the vehicle onto I-94 at about the 21-mile marker.

Griffin was not hit by any passing motorists.

Griffin was airlifted from the scene to the University of Chicago with internal injuries

Jim Talmadge, assistant chief of the Portage Fire Department, said responding agencies were on the scene for about an hour during which I-94 westbound was closed.

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