Student falls off moving vehicle

A Seymour High School student is recovering at an Indianapolis hospital after he suffered a severe head injury from falling off the hood of a moving vehicle early Sunday morning.

Tiller Cummings, 17, had been spending the night at a friend’s house when the incident occurred around 2 a.m., police said.

Officer Seth Sage with the Seymour Police Department responded to the call, reported as a personal-injury wreck at Eighth Street and Holly Drive in Seymour.

Police Chief Bill Abbott said Monday there were three 17-year-olds involved in the incident and that Cummings’ injuries were the result of “a prank getting out of hand.”

“They had been spending the night at one of the boy’s houses and had been playing pranks on each other all night,” Abbott said. “Tiller was on the hood of the vehicle as it was moving.”

There are no criminal charges being filed against anyone at this time, but the accident easily could have been prevented, Abbott said.

Tiller was taken by the family of one of the boys to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for evaluation, Abbott said. He later was transported by helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Cummings, the son of Reuben and Robin Cummings, is a junior and a multi-sport athlete at Seymour High School, playing football, basketball and baseball.

Robin Cummings said her son fractured his skull and was bleeding from his head and became unresponsive. He also suffered a broken nose, a concussion and other cuts and abrasions to his head and face, she said.

“His neck continues to be of some concern, so he will remain in the neck brace,” she said.

He is expected to stay at Methodist for 72 hours of observation for brain swelling but was making strides in his recovery, she said.

“The doctor called it miraculous,” she said.

Tiller also faces two to three months of recovery time to heal from the concussion, she added.

Robin said the whole family appreciates all of the prayers and well-wishes they have received from friends and family.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.