The parents of a St. Anthony’s High School student who died after “car surfing” on the roof of an Uber vehicle are urging parents and others to avoid dangerous activities in pursuit of social media popularity, NBC-TV reported Wednesday.
Ryan Mullen, 15, hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury and later died after falling from the roof of a vehicle on Sept. 23.
The car surfing stunt was captured and shared on Snapchat. Mullen and other friends, who had been drinking, were taken to a friend’s home for a sleepover. Mullen died in his sleep.
Uber driver Danyal Cheema, who took $40 from Mullen and friends to allow them to ride on the roof of his vehicle, was later arrested and charged with manslaughter.
“No family should go through this pain,” Matt Mullen told News 4. “It’s a club that no one should be part of.”
“It’s thinking you’re invincible, that you really can’t get hurt,” Janice Mullen added.
The video shows that the consequences of dangerous activities to earn “likes” on social media are real, the parents told News 4.