6-Year-Old Falls Out Of Moving Vehicle

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A 6-year-old girl was flown to the Valley Sunday evening after falling from a minivan in Star Valley and hitting her head, authorities said.

A 16-year-old boy was reportedly driving the van and had let the girl and a friend ride along as he took trash out at the Ponderosa Glen Mobile Home, 190 N. Cornerstone Way, around 4:30 p.m., said Gila County Sheriff’s Det. George Ratliff.

As the teen drove, the girl and her friend hung their feet out of an open sliding passenger door. The driver reportedly told the girl not to put her feet down, but she did, dragging them over the gravel until her foot caught and she fell out of the van and onto the ground.

The teen reportedly put the girl back into the van and drove her to her home.

The manager of the park called authorities, initially reporting what he thought was a hit and run.

When firefighters arrived, the girl had a “lowered level of consciousness,” so she was airlifted to the Valley, Hatch said.

The teen was arrested on a charge of endangerment.

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