MARYLAND (TRP) — A 13-year-old Maryland boy who drank a can of the controversial alcoholic drink Four Loko, was killed this past weekend after getting struck by an SUV.
According to authorities, Michael Thomas Truluck (pictured below) was hanging out with two friends Saturday evening when the teens got a hold of the party drink.
After getting a ride home from his mother’s fiance, the teen reportedly fell ill and opened the passenger door to vomit. After falling out of the car, a passing Ford Explorer immediately struck the boy, causing him severe injuries.
The victim’s mother told a local newspaper that the teen acquired the booze, some refer to “crack in a can,” by an adult in the neighborhood. It wasn’t immediately clear if that person was identified or if they were charged.
The party drink was banned by several states in 2010 after several deaths and legal claims. The potent mix of caffeine and alcohol has since been taken off the shelves and replaced with a caffeine-free version.
Although the original formula is outlawed in a number of states, the beverage has re-surfaced on the black market.