Lowell teen thrown from bed of pickup truck

The 17-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

A 17-year-old Lowell boy suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday night when he was thrown out of the bed of a pickup truck in a parking lot that straddles the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state line, according to police.

First responders arrived at Ayotte’s Stateline Smokin’ Joe’s, near Hudson, New Hampshire’s border with Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, at 9:11 p.m., according to a statement from Tynsborough police.

They found the boy on the ground “suffering from traumatic injuries,” authorities said.

“A preliminary investigation indicates that the boy was riding in the bed of a 2000 GMC Senoma compact pickup truck, which was being driven erratically, when he was thrown from the vehicle,” officials said.

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The boy, who was not identified, was brought by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital and was then flown by helicopter to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, authorities said.

The driver, a 19-year-old Lowell man who was not identified, remained at the scene, according to police. He was cited for operating to endanger and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, officials said.

Tyngsborough police are seeking to have his driver’s license suspended, according to the statement.

Police said additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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