Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Public safety

Jeep drives over and injures student outside Bloomingdale High

VALRICO — A 14-year-old student who said he was trying to play a joke was injured after getting struck and trapped under a sport utility vehicle Tuesday afternoon outside Bloomingdale High School, authorities said.

Dylan Torrie of Brandon suffered severe injuries on his leg and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in good condition, said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon.

The Sheriff's Office said it received an emergency call at 3:19 p.m. from the school grounds, at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave., about a traffic crash with injuries.

Investigators learned that after the school had let out for the day at 3 p.m., Torrie approached a red Jeep Grand Cherokee as cars inched out of a school parking lot toward Bloomingdale Avenue.

He knew the 16-year-old driver of the 2004 Jeep and was joking around with her, McKinnon said.

At some point, as traffic had stalled, he lay on the ground in front of the Jeep. Torrie told deputies he did it as a joke.

But the driver did not see him when she drove forward as traffic started to move again — pinning Torrie underneath the SUV.

Crews from Hillsborough County Fire Heavy Rescue arrived and lifted the vehicle off him. Torrie then was airlifted to the hospital.

The Jeep's driver is not expected to face charges, deputies said.

The parking lot where the incident occurred was for students only, said Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County School District.

The Sheriff's Office said the accident was still under investigation and will also be reviewed by the school district.

Times staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report.

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