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'Car surfing' victim, 17, improving

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 31, 2008
— A teen seriously injured May 2 while “car surfing” in a Janesville parking lot has been moved from Mercy Hospital to a rehabilitation facility.

Nathan Rosenow, 17, a junior at Parker High School, was transferred Thursday to a facility near Madison, his friend Michael Mayfield said.


“He is awake and moving. Moving a lot,” Mayfield said. “He responds to what you say. He will hug you if you ask him for a hug.”


Police reports written shortly after the accident quote a Mercy Hospital emergency room doctor as saying that Rosenow of 2017 S. Crosby, Janesville, had severe head trauma, bleeding in his brain and skull fractures.


Rosenow’s stepmother, Vickie Rosenow, said Nathan’s move to a rehabilitation center was “very good news,” but she declined to comment further.


Rosenow turned 17 on Sunday.


Jason T. Klein, 17, of 1237 S. Arch St., Janesville, has been charged with causing injury by reckless driving. He is free on a signature bond but is prohibited from driving until the case is settled or his bond conditions are amended.


Klein was driving a sport-utility vehicle in the large parking lot at the northwest corner of Center and Kellogg avenues in Janesville on Friday night when Nathan jumped in and on the vehicle in two separate stunts, according to the criminal complaint against Klein.


Rosenow fell off the vehicle during the second stunt, according to police records.


Klein is scheduled to appear in court July 15, according to online court records.



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