North Vernon, Ind. - Twenty-year-old Emily Jackson is in critical condition following a car surfing accident late Wednesday night.
Indiana State Police say Jackson fell or jumped off a car in Muscatatuck County Park in Jennings County, about an hour north of the Ohio River.
Troopers say 19-year old Kelsi Speer was driving a Subaru station wagon and Jackson was car surfing on the hood. Jackson was sent to the Jennings County, St. Vincent Hospital before being airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she is now.
"It's a stunt that should never be performed out here in the real world," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin.
The stunt has been glamorized in the 1980s movie "Teen Wolf." There are numerous examples of the trick on YouTube, including one man who hangs onto a luggage rack on top of a car speeding to 60 miles per hour.
Jackson and Speer are friends from North Vernon. On Speer's Facebook page, she writes, "Please pray for my best friend."
Speer told WHAS11 off camera she was slowing down so Jackson could get back in the car when she fell and hit her head on the pavement. She said she knows car surfing is stupid and dangerous and doesn't know why she and others do it.
Troopers are still investigating the accident and will then forward it to the Jennings County Prosecutor's Office, who could decide to bring criminal charges. Neither Jackson nor Speer has been cited in the case. In past cases around the country, drivers have been charged with felonies after fatal car surfing accidents.