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Wheaton high school student hurt in car-surfing accident

A high school student was injured Tuesday afternoon while apparently trying to “car surf” with friends after school in west suburban Wheaton.

The 16-year-old boy was with a group of other students in Northside Park at Darling Street and Armbrust Avenue in Wheaton when the accident happened about 2:30 p.m., said Erica Loiacono, spokesperson for Community Unit School District 200.

Some of the students in the group were “car surfing,” Loiacono said. The teen was on the hood of a car, then rolled off the front of the vehicle and the car rolled over him, she said.

He was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, with non-life-threatening injuries, mainly broken bones, she said. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The teenage boy driving the 2001 Ford Focus and a teenage girl passenger were not injured, according to Wheaton police.

Police are investigating to determine whether charges will be filed.

“This was just a horrible accident from some kids who at the end of the school year made a silly and very unfortunate mistake,” Loiacono said. “The kid who did hit him was his best friend and is feeling awful right now.”

The injured boy is a student at Wheaton North High School, about two blocks from the park. The teens involved are all new drivers and honors-level students, she said.

Wheaton North classed remains in session until June 6.

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