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Officials: Cape teen critical after ‘hood surfing’ accident; no charges pending

By Staff | Nov 20, 2008

By CONNOR HOLMES, cholmes@breezenewspapers.com

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

hospital officials.

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.