16-Year-old Tucson football player injured in fall from truckPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A teenager was seriously injured after falling out of a pickup truck in Tucson Monday night.
According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Stephen Joseph Jones, 16, and three of his teammates from the Catalina Foothills High School football team were riding in a truck near Sabino Canyon Road and Sunrise Drive shortly before 8 p.m.
One of the passengers was seated inside the cab with the 17-year-old driver while Jones and another teammate chose to ride in the bed of the truck.
According to investigators, the driver made the vehicle swerve on purpose multiple times at low speeds of approximately 20 to 30 mph.
At one point, Jones decided to stand up in the bed of the truck without the driver's knowledge. It was at that time the driver chose to once again make the vehicle swerve. The vehicle tilted and Jones lost his balance. He fell out of the truck, hitting his head on the concrete pavement.
He sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to University of Arizona Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition.
Investigators did not find any evidence of impairment and no citations were issued.
The investigation continues.