Parents of 15-year-old who died while car surfing on Uber encourage people to watch his video to say it's not worth dying for 'likes'
A teenager succumbed to head trauma injuries after he fell off the car while filming himself car surfing and sharing the footage to Snapchat
These parents were forced to live through their worst nightmare when they lost their teenage son. The 15-year-old was filming himself while doing a car stunt on Snapchat when he lost his balance and fell.
Ryan Mullen was drinking with two of his friends in Huntington Station on September 23 after which they allegedly gave an Uber driver around $40 to let them surf on the roof of his car. The Uber driver, a 25-year-old, agreed and allowed the boys to surf. Mullen lost his balance and fell off the roof of the car and passed away the next day due to head trauma injuries.
As reported by News 4, Ryan's father Matt Mullen shared, "No family should go through this pain. It's a club that no one should be part of" to which Ryan's mother Janice added, "It's thinking you're invincible, that you really can't get hurt." Ryan's devastated parents are now encouraging others to watch his video to help prevent people from filming dangerous stunts. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini, the boys had filmed the whole stunt and shared it on Snapchat.
Instead of rushing Ryan to a hospital post the fall, the Uber driver Cheema drove them to a friend's house for a sleepover and by morning, Ryan had succumbed to his injuries. Speaking to ABC13, Matt shared, "What if the driver was responsible enough to say no? What if he reacted differently and got our son medical attention? Ryan died in his sleep. He had a traumatic brain injury, fractured skull, and cranial bleeding."
Matt added that the shocking Snapchat video clip shows his son looking dazed after the fall but no one raised an alarm. "That right there should have been a signal to reach out for medical attention," he shared.
On November 19, Cheema was charged with manslaughter but pleaded not guilty. Tim Sini, the Suffolk County District Attorney shared that Cheema was the only adult in the car and was responsible for his passengers reaching their destination safely.
Post the incident, Uber released a statement and also sacked Cheema. A spokesman for Uber said, "Words cannot describe how deeply troubled we are by this incident. Our thoughts are with the rider’s family during this difficult time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app."