Officials: Cape teen critical after ‘hood surfing’ accident; no charges pending
By CONNOR HOLMES, firstname.lastname@example.org
A 16-year-old Cape Coral teen is in critical condition after attempting
to “hood surf” on a moving vehicle Wednesday, according to police and
Justin Michael Brantley of 2025 N.E. 2nd Ave. had hopped into the
trunk of a 1998 Toyota Camry with 17-year-old Justin Wright of 309
N.E. 20th Terrace, said city spokesperson Connie Barron.
Tyler Steven Charles Edge, 18, of 331 N.E. 20th St., was the driver
of the car when the accident occurred at about 4:14 p.m., Barron said.
Edge backed out of the driveway at Brantley’s home, then began driving
forward with the two passengers, she said.
Edge reportedly told police he saw Wright exit the back of the vehicle
and Brantley appeared to have exited as well. He then drove south on
Northeast 2nd Avenue and turned onto Northeast 21st Terrace, but stopped when he heard Wright screaming.
Brantley was lying unconscious in the road, Barron said. He was
trauma-alerted by ambulance to the Lee Memorial Hospital, she said.
Investigators did not discover signs of impairment in the
accident and no charges are pending at this time.