INDIANAPOLIS — A 13-year-old boy escaped serious injury Thursday night after he either leaped from or was pushed from a moving car driven by a man described as a "kidnapper."
The driver later crashed the car and is in critical condition.
Officer Rafael Diaz, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said the 13-year-old either jumped or was pushed from the car shortly after it was stolen from an Eastside gas station.
The teen was found nearby, Diaz said.
The driver in the white 2007 Chevrolet Malibu then headed east on I-70 toward Mount Comfort, Diaz said. He was driving fast and apparently attempted to exit the interstate, when he crashed into a ravine.
Police didn't initiate a chase because the crash occurred not long after the car was reported stolen at 7:37 p.m., Diaz said.
Hancock County and Cumberland police, responding to the report of the car that crashed, made the connection to the car that was reported stolen, Diaz said.
Medics transporting the boy to Riley Hospital for Children described his injuries as scrapes and bruises.
The car's driver sustained massive injuries, medics said. He was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, Diaz said.