PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A teenager had to be hospitalized after either falling or jumping from the trunk of a car. The quick teamwork of police and paramedics likely saved his life.

Police say it happened shortly after midnight. A car was driving up and down the 7400-block of Race Street in Homewood with a teenage riding on top of the trunk of the car.

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“At some point, he either jumped or fell off the vehicle and sustained a head injury,” said Emily Schaffer, of the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department.

Police are still investigating whether this was a case of car surfing or if the teen as involved in some other type of activity.

“The driver did stay on scene to talk to officers, so we are still trying to understand what happened,” said Schaffer.

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Police say the 15-year-old, who has not been identified, was transported here to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. But how he got there is another twist in this story.

“When the paramedics arrived on scene, they placed the victim in the back of the ambulance, and at that point, he stopped breathing, so it was determined that the police could drive the ambulance to the hospital so both paramedics could be in the back tending to the victim,” Schaffer said.

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So far, no charges have been filed, but police say they are still investigating.

Lynne Hayes-Freeland