Bladimir Barretto, 19, still recovering after trying to jump over moving car

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Bladimir Barreto, 19, suffered broken bones and was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center after intentionally attempting to jump over a car driven by his 17-year-old brother.


Palm Bay, FL (Florida Today) -- A 19-year-old continues to recover after what Palm Bay police described as a botched attempt to jump over a moving car for a video showing his athletic prowess to potential football recruiters.

Police said Bladimir Barreto was conscious and bleeding as he was flown about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to Holmes Regional Medical Center's trauma center in Melbourne for treatment of his injuries.

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"He's lucky that it wasn't worse than what it was," said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department, the agency investigating the stunt gone wrong.

"The motive was apparently to video something to show to college recruiters for football," Martinez said.

A graduate of West Melbourne Christian Academy, Barreto two years ago played for the now defunct Brevard Grizzlies, an amateur football team in the Florida Football Alliance.

"He wanted to play football and move on, he's just undersized. He's a small guy that was blessed with speed," said his former Grizzlies coach David Dye, who estimated Barreto to be about 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

Dye, who lives in Palm Bay but now coaches the FFA Orlando Rage, said Barreto played receiver and the team capitalized on his speed. "He could run," Dye said. "We put him back there, he wanted to catch punts."

Videos similar to what Barreto attempted have been posted on the Internet by others. One video, actually a commercial shot from a side angle, features NBA star Kobe Byrant seemingly jumping over a speeding Aston Martin.

The graphic video was shot Wednesday by Barreto's brother as Barreto stood in the middle of a roadway near Knecht Park. The video then shows a shirtless Barreto racing headlong into an oncoming Honda Accord driven by another brother, 17.

The car can be seen in the video accelerating before it clips Barreto during his attempt to jump over it. Barreto then spins several times in mid-air before slamming into the ground.

Officer Andrew Pidgeon arrived at the scene minutes later as paramedics worked to stabilize Barreto.

"One of the brothers went around to the house and got his mother. She was a wreck and was there holding her son," Pidgeon said.

Pidgeon said charges are pending against the 17-year-old brother, adding that the teen did not have a valid license.

"He could also face reckless driving," Pidgeon said.

Dye said he remembered Barreto as a good kid who would do anything to help his family.

"Real quick, real nimble, real smart - it wasn't smart what he did, but he was just a model kid," Dye said. "The kind of kid that tries to stay out of trouble."

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