By Will Greenlee
PORT ST. LUCIE — A teen boy found in his boxer shorts with “head trauma” and “road rash” was flown to a southern trauma center in critical condition Tuesday in an incident that detectives are investigating, according to police and rescue spokespersons.
Port St. Lucie policeabout 6:40 a.m. went to the 500 block of Southeast Crosspoint Drive after a caller to 911 indicated she’d seen a “black male wandering the streets,” said Officer Tom Nichols, police spokesman.
“When the police arrived on scene, they found a 14-year-old black male in his boxer shorts and he was wandering the streets,” Nichols said. “He did have some road rash, and a cut to his head and he had some head trauma.”
Nichols said the teen said he’d been hit by a car, but police said the injuries “are not the result of a traffic crash.”
The boy was flown to a southern trauma center in critical condition, said Catherine Chaney, St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman.
Nichols said detectives are investigating and released few details. He also did not release the boy’s name.
Asked whether he thought the injuries were the result of a crime, Nichols said, “At this time I can’t elaborate any further.”
Nichols said the teen lives in the general area and that his parents have been notified.
Al James, 53, said his wife was on her way to work about 6:30 a.m. and called police.
“It was still dark out, and she was scared that she almost hit the child and the child was — she couldn’t identify if it was a male or a female — but the child was completely naked walking in the rain in the middle of the road,” James said.
Although early reports indicated the boy was naked, Nichols said he was wearing boxer shorts when police arrived.
“I got dressed and I come down here to see if everything was OK, and by that time there was police officers everywhere,” James said. “The kids trot around out in the streets … because there’s no sidewalks in this area — but not being naked in the middle of rain coming down. There was something wrong.”
Chaney said 911 dispatchers got at least three to four phone calls about the child in the street, but no one stopped to help him.
“The patient could not give rescue crews a clear indication of what happened,” Chaney said.