An 8-year-old boy has been hospitalized with skull and brain injuries after police say he was struck from behind by a 17-year-old girl on a dirt bike on Christmas Day.

  • Cops: Girl on dirt bike hits 8-year-old boy on scooter from behind
  • Boy was thrown into the air and somersaulted, investigators say
  • Girl incurred cuts and abrasions, reportedly left scene but came back

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on the 400 block of Hudson Street in Daytona Beach.

According to investigators, the boy and a friend were riding electric scooters in the street when the teen girl on a green dirt bike hit the back of the boy's scooter.

The boy was thrown into the air, somersaulted and landed face-down in the street, unconscious, and the girl flew over the handlebars of her bike and incurred abrasions.

The boy was diagnosed with a fractured skull and brain bleed and was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

The teen, who witnesses said was traveling at a high rate of speed, reportedly left the scene right after the crash but returned a short time later.

The crash is under investigation.