A 17-year-old in the custody of probation officers jumped out of a car and was hit by two oncoming cars on Yosemite Avenue on Wednesday, Merced police said.
The teen, whose name was not released, was in a car headed eastbound on Yosemite approaching M Street about noon when he jumped out of the car and ran into the oncoming lanes, according to Officer Natalia Enero.
Lt. Jay Struble initially said the teen was being transported by a probation officer when he tried to flee the officer’s car. Merced County officials said the teen was being transported by a Merced County social worker who was driving an unmarked probation vehicle, which may have lead to some confusion, according to Mike North, a spokesman for the county.
The boy was struck by two cars headed westbound on Yosemite, police said. His injuries were described as “very serious” by police and he was flown by helicopter to an area hospital.