A 17-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital with traumatic but non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning after his truck overturned on a Dunnellon-area roadway and pinned him beneath the vehicle.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper investigating the 8:07 a.m. crash, the Dunnellon teenager was driving a green Chevy S10 southeast on County Road 39 — or Withlacoochee Trail — approaching the intersection with North Country Club Way.
The trooper said the boy told him a deer jumped onto the road, forcing him to swerve off the road, which caused the truck to roll onto its side, skid back onto the roadway and roll onto its roof on the grass.
Not wearing a seatbelt, the boy was partially ejected from the truck, which then landed on his leg, pinning him, the trooper said, adding emergency responders had to jack the truck up to rescue the entrapped teen, who was then airlifted for treatment.
FHP cited the motorist for failing to wear a seatbelt.