JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A child is in critical condition after he became unrestrained and exited out of the rear emergency door of a school bus.
The bus was traveling southbound on University Boulevard transporting eight special education students from Holiday Hill Elementary School, according to Florida Highway Patrol at the scene.
11-year-old Ian Flores removed his restraint device and went to the back of the bus while it was in motion, according to the FHP report.
Flores then disengaged the door latch, which set off an emergency tone that caught the attention of the bus driver, 78-year-old Vincent Paul Taylor, and the bus attendant, 53-year-old Anita Roberson.
The bus slowed and Flores "fully opened the rear emergency exit and fell/jumped from the vehicle," the report stated.
Flores fell to the ground and struck his head on the asphalt. According to a witness who was right behind the bus, Flores rolled three times and hit the curb.
Flores was transported to Shands Jacksonville and is in Pediatric Trauma ICU. He was not hit by any other cars, according to the witness.
Charges are pending further investigation, the report stated.
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