Teen throws self at car, flips and lands on feet

Alys Francis, ninemsn
3:08pm June 10, 2013
June 10, 2013: A young man has been struck by a car, flipped over in the air and landed on his feet in a botched stunt filmed by his friends.

A US teen who deliberately threw himself at a car in an attempt to jump over it was struck, tossed metres into the air, flipped over and landed on his feet in a botched stunt filmed by his friends.

Daniel Jensen, from Tarzana, California, told ninemsn he set up the stunt on June 9 to prove to his friends he could jump high enough to clear the car.

Footage shows the 17-year-old running towards the car as it speeds towards him at around 65km/h on a suburban street.

He leaps into the air just before the car reaches him but catches his foot on the top of the windscreen and is sent flying sideways.

Remarkably, he manages to twist his body into a side-flip, lands on his feet and immediately lets out a celebratory cry and punches his arms in the air. 

Daniel told ninemsn he had jumped over a set of blocks higher than the car previously and so figured he could pull off the stunt.

"I wasn't sure when to jump and jumped too late which is why I got hit," Daniel said.

"I knew I had jumped too late, then I heard my legs hit the car and I knew I was going flying, so I closed my eyes because I didn't want to see myself flying through the air," he said.

"I opened my eyes and saw the ground and just threw my feet down and when I landed I was in so much shock about what just happened that I threw my hands up and yelled."

Daniel said that aside from the shock, he amazingly walked away from the incident without any serious injuries and has since been swimming, hiking and practicing more stunts.

"All I have is a bruised ankle and some scratches - but the bruise isn't even serious," he said. 

The car on the other hand was not so lucky, suffering a damaged windshield.

Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Matthew Henry.

Source: Daniel Jensen.

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