Alex Desalis (left).
A teenager in Georgia died late Sunday after climbing onto the hood of a Jeep and falling off while twerking, becoming pinned underneath the SUV, his family said.
Georgia State Patrol said Alex Desalis may have been "car surfing" — riding unrestrained atop a moving vehicle — at the time, but his parents gave local media a different account of what happened.
His mother, Michelle Guthrie, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the 16-year-old jumped onto the hood of a friend's 2009 Jeep Wrangler around 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
Alex had asked the friend for a ride down the road, but instead jumped on the hood to make her laugh, his parents said.
"It wasn't a car surfing adventure," Kenneth Guthrie, Alex's father, told NBC-affiliate WXIA. "It was him climbing up on his friend's [vehicle] — the hood of her car — on all fours more than likely being funny, trying to get a laugh by twerking."
The parents also suggested the driver's foot may have slipped, hurling the boy to the ground.
Alex was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition, but was pronounced dead Sunday evening after his parents decided to take him off life support.
The parents told WXIA that they don't want the 16-year-old girl who was driving the car to be charged in the incident.
"I don't want probation. I don't want her in jail," Michelle Guthrie said. "It was an accident. We feel more bad for the family — for what they're going through as well."
A fund raising page was created by a family member on You Caring to assist with burial costs. Alex's funeral is scheduled for Dec. 10.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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