Police: Georgia teen fatally hurt playing 'jump the car'

Posted at 9:22 AM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 09:22:40-04

ROME, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities believe a Georgia teenager was playing a game called "jump the car" when he was struck and fatally injured.

News outlets report that 16-year-old Kobe Thomas was playing the game with friends Friday when he was struck and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The game involves jumping over a car as it approaches.

Thomas died from his injuries Sunday.

Police have not said how fast the car was going or if any charges will be filed.

Thomas was a star basketball player at Lindale's Pepperell High School in Floyd County and recently transferred to Rome's Model High School. Students at both schools held a vigil Monday night.

The Rome News-Tribune ( reports that Pepperell basketball players are planning to retire Thomas' jersey, No. 22.