Teen killed playing game called ‘jump the car’

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.

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