Webster, N.Y.-- Theresa Fallon, of Webster, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly let her son and his two friends cling to the back of her minivan as she drove through her neighborhood.
The three teens fell off and two of them suffered serious injuries.
Fallon's son, 13-year-old Jesse Hudson and his friend, 12-year-old Brandon Jones suffered skull fractures as a result of their fall. Thirteen-year-old Dan Damanski had scrapes and suffered a minor concussion.
According to Brandon Jones, Fallon had asked the boys to ride on the back of the van because there was no more space in the car.
"She told us to get on the back because there was no more room in the car," Brandon says. "She was moving stuff from her old house to her new house."
Brandon says Fallon was driving at about 35 miles per hour through the Wishing View Drive neighborhood when she made a sudden turn and the boys fell off. Brandon says Fallon asked him to lie about the accident.
"She told us that we weren't going to be seriously hurt and that we wouldn't need any medical help," Brandon says. "She told us all to say that we fell off our bikes if anyone noticed any injuries."
Hours after the accident, Brandon decided to finally call his mother after his head started hurting.
"I said 'Brandon? What happened?' He told me he just fell off the bike," says Brandon's mother, Tammy. "I said 'You didn't fall off your bike, you're holding your head and all three of you didn't fall off a bike at the same time. That's crazy.'"
Webster Police confirm that when they got initial call for Brandon's head injury around 7:30 Wednesday night, it was hours after the accident occurred.
Sergeant Kevin Hall of the Webster Police Department says they had to track down Fallon and her son. Both Brandon Jones and Dan Damanski's parent's say they are furious Fallon didn't contact them right away.
"The boys were seriously, seriously injured, and you refused to get them any medical care. You told them to lie," says Tammy Jones. "If she had said, 'Tammy, there's been an accident,' I would have been good with that, but you didn't call. You wouldn't let my son call for help."
13WHAM News tried, unsuccessfully, to reach Theresa Fallon for comment.
Webster Police have charged her with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was also ticketed for clinging on to a motor vehicle and driving at a unsafe speed.
"You are responsible for the vehicle you operate and what you wish to do with it and what other people do in or on it," says Sgt. Hall. "You're the driver, you're responsible."
Police could not confirm whether Fallon had indeed told the boys to ride on the bumper but says there may be more charges filed against her.
Brandon and Jesse were both treated for their skull fractures at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Tammy says Fallon put the boys' lives in danger by not reporting the incident immediately.
"If any of them get harmed the first thing you do is go to the parents and let them know," says Tammy. "You don't just keep making poor decision after poor decision after poor decision. It could have cost either my son or her son their lives."
Fallon was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in court August 4.