Lake Forest authorities received a report of an unconscious boy in the parking lot of La Tierra Elementary School on June 13, 2010. Paramedics arrived on the scene to find 14-year-old Nestor Barrientos-Macias still breathing. They transported him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was pronounced brain dead. He died the following Tuesday.
While it was initially thought that the boy had sustained serious head injuries from a skateboard accident, authorities later discovered that the boy had been attempting a dangerous stunt known as “trunk riding.” A California injury lawyer remarked on this dangerous sport in a recent news article.
After receiving a tip from a 5-year-old witness, authorities concluded that Barrientos-Macias was one of three boys to ride in the open trunk of another 17-year-old boy’s car. As the car left the parking lot, Barrientos-Macias fell out of the trunk, hitting his head.
The cause of Barrientos-Macias’ fatal head injuries was initially ambiguous because the 17-year-old Mission Viejo boy fled the scene of the accident. Authorities were unable to piece together what happened until the young witness came forward.
The 17-year-old has been booked on suspicion of felony hit-an-run and vehicular manslaughter. Car accidents that cause injury and death are unfortunately all too common. If you need help from a Orange County auto accident lawyer, please call us at 1 888 752-7474.