COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A Coeur d'Alene High School student is recovering in the hospital after falling off of a moving car on Monday afternoon.

Idaho State Police say the young man was riding on the back of a Honda Accord just before 1 p.m. Monday when he fell off the car and hit his head.

Neighbors say the 1200 block of E Hoffman was shut down for hours while paramedics came to rescue the teen. Those paramedics took the boy to Kootenai Health. The teen was later flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Officials with the Coeur d'Alene School District couldn't confirm the student's identity because of his age, but did tell KXLY 4 News that the teen is a student at the high school.

The teen is recovering, but one E.R. physician who did not treat this young man says his injuries could have been much worse.

“When you injure the brain, anything can happen, and so you can be paralyzed from the neck down,” physician Robyn Hitchcock said. “You can lose the ability to feed yourself, to go to the bathroom by yourself, and be kind of a vegetable.”

There were four other people inside the vehicle when the incident occurred.

One neighbor told KXLY 4 News that she spoke with a juvenile who was in the car immediately after the incident. The teen told the neighbor that he meant to step on the brake but instead hit the gas.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.