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ISP Boy ejected from SUV on I65 in Jasper

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A 7-year-old boy was ejected from a SUV on Sunday on I-65 in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 9:50 a.m. Juan Leon-Tello, 45, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was northbound on I-65, in the area of the 210 mile marker south of Rensselaer, when he hit tire tread in the road, lost control to the left, and over-corrected. Leon-Tello’s 2002 Ford Explorer then began to roll, left the roadway, and came to rest in the grassy median, police said.

Passers-by stopped to check on the Ford Explorer when they realized that it had come to rest on the boy, identified as Luis Leon-Tello. “They pushed the Ford upright to unpin the child” and the boy was subsequently airlifted to Arnet Clinic in Lafayette with internal injuries, police said.

Luis was a passenger in the rear seat. Also a passenger in the rear seat was Angelica Leon-Tello, 13, who was partially ejected out the back side window, police said. She was transported to Jasper County Hospital with a hip injury.

The driver, Juan Leon-Tello, was also transported to Jasper County Hospital with head and neck injuries and his front-seat passenger, Miranda Perez, 39, of Cincinnati, was transported for abrasions, police said.

“Leon-Tello advised that both children were wearing seat belts although facts from the crash show (that) if they were they could not be wearing them properly,” police said. “There was no child restraint system in the vehicle.”

The ISP noted that all children younger than 8 must be properly fastened and restrained in a child restraint system. Children between 8 and 16 must be properly fastened and restrained by a child restraint system or seatbelt.

The Ford Explorer was a total loss, police said.



Posted 9/4/2012