Boy injured after jumping from Uber on freeway

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SAN DIEGO -- A 10-year-old boy was injured Tuesday night when he jumped out of an Uber on a Mission Valley freeway, but police were not investigating the incident as a crime.

Around 9:18 p.m., a father and his son were at the Target on Camino Del Rio North when the boy got into the car without his parent and the rideshare driver took off, according to San Diego police.

Approximately 12 minutes later, the child jumped out of the vehicle as it was headed westbound on the Interstate 8 transition ramp to northbound state Route 163.

The boy was taken to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries.

The California Highway Patrol said Wednesday the boy intentionally jumped out of the Uber due to the language barrier between him and the driver.

Police told FOX 5 the incident was not being investigated as a kidnapping, though they did not immediately clarify why the driver left without the child's father.

Editor's note: This story initially reported that a girl was injured after jumping out of the Uber called by her mother. Further reporting revealed that the injured party was a 10-year-old boy, and the Uber was called by his father.

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