A 10-year-old boy suffered life-threatening head injuries when he fell off the bed of a moving pickup truck Sunday evening, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported.
He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, and deputies arrested the boy’s father for investigation of driving under the influence, said a statement by Lt. Rob Palmer. The incident happened around 7 p.m. in the 30600 block of 171st Avenue Northeast, in the far north of the county.
“While there is a possible connection to driver impairment in this particular case, we want to remind eveyone that under almost all circumstances it is unlawful for passengers to ride outside a vehicle,” Palmer said.
No further details were available Sunday night.
State law RCW 46.61.660 bans transporting people or animals in the unsecured part of a vehicle, except garbage or recycling workers traveling under 20 miles per hour.