A 19-year-old named Bladimir Barreto nearly died on Wednesday after he tried to impress college football recruiters by jumping over a moving car. According to WKMG in Orlando, Barreto was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical center with several broken bones and head injuries. He needed 89 stitches in one leg alone and has not woken up since the accident.
As you can see from the disturbing video above, Barreto had one of his brothers film him while he attempted to jump over a moving car, which was reportedly driven by his 17-year-old brother Jerome. Barreto thought executing the stunt would help show college football coaches how athletic he is (think these videos for comparison), but he was unable to clear the car. He flipped several times in the air and landed directly on the pavement beneath him.
“I feel really bad for them, I know they weren’t expecting that at all,” longtime neighbor and friend Cameron Tennant told a Local 6 reporter. “I mean he’s always doing stuff like that and he’s always getting it right, so I guess he just got over confident.”
Charges are pending against Jerome Barreto for driving without a license and possibly reckless driving, according to police. Barreto’s mother told Local 6 they are not leaving Bladimir’s bedside.
Barreto attended West Melbourne Christian Academy. He reportedly played for the now defunct Brevard Grizzlies of the Florida Football Alliance two years ago.
The moral of the story is you don’t have to risk your life to showcase your vertical leap. We have seen football players jump onto huge stacks of boxes and jump over incredibly high bars to show off their leaping ability, and those feats are just as impressive.
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