17-year-old in critical condition after falling out of moving pickup

SALEM, Ore. -- A Salem teen is in critical condition after falling out of the truckbed of a moving pickup, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies responded to a crash in the 1500 block of Talbot Road SE at around 11:45 a.m. Thursday to find a 17-year-old lying unconscious on the side of the road.

An off-duty nurse driving on Talbot Rd. helped the Salem teen until an ambulance crew arrived, officials said. The ambulance took him to Salem Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Senior Marion County Deputy Jason Hickam said the 17-year-old was riding in the bed of a Dodge pickup, posting fliers for a local rodeo.

The teen, who Deputy Hickam said was sitting on the bed rail, fell out when the pickup went around a corner. 

The driver, 18-year-old Steve Avila of Stayton, told police he was going about 50 MPH when he went around the corner. The posted limit is 55 MPH.

Deputies didn't charge Avila for the incident.

FROM MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public that riding in the bed of a truck is illegal if you are under the age of 18, seats with seat belts are available or if you are seated anywhere other than down and inside of the bed floor.  

The Sheriff's Office is prevented by HIPPA from releasing any further information regarding the males condition.  The Sheriff's will release the males name once all family members have been notified.