WEST JORDAN A 10-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries after falling off his mother's car while he and his sister were hanging on the outside of the vehicle.
The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in a mobile home park near 8400 South and 4000 West. A 33-year-old woman was visiting a relative. When she left, she let her 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son stand on the outside of the car on the running boards while hanging onto the rearview mirrors, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Greg Butler.
The mother was following or under the speed limit, which was 15 mph, but the road had a lot of speed bumps, Butler said. At one point after going over a bump, the mother looked to the driver's side door and didn't see her son anymore.
The woman looked back and saw her son lying in the road. He had fallen off and hit his head and face, Butler said.
An ambulance took the boy to Jordan Valley Hospital, where doctors decided as a precaution to send him via medical helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center. Butler said the boy was expected to be OK.
"(The mother) is very lucky she didn't severely injure her son," he said. "Even at low speeds, if people aren't in the proper seating positions, the injuries can be substantial. There's a reason we put the seat belts inside the car and not the outside."
The mother was issued a citation for child abuse, driving on a suspended license and not having any auto insurance, all class B misdemeanors, Butler said.