Teen badly in­jured in scooter board ac­ci­dent

Po­lice warn about scooter dan­gers

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

A teenager is fac­ing a six-month bat­tle to get back on his feet af­ter hurt­ing his spine fall­ing off a hov­er­board.

Au­thor­i­ties re­leased de­tails of the ac­ci­dent as they is­sued fresh warn­ings to young­sters urg­ing them to stop us­ing the boards on roads or in pub­lic places.

The 16-year-old suf­fered a frac­ture to his spine af­ter he fell off a board on a road in Ras Al Khaimah city on Wed­nes­day.

RAK Po­lice said the Emi­rati, iden­ti­fied as Dha­reef, was rid­ing on Al Qawasim Cor­niche when he lost his bal­ance and col­lided with his brother, who was rid­ing a board be­hind him, and land­ing hard on the road.

The boy’s mother said: “The doc­tors said he would re­cover within six months with­out a surgery given his age.”

How­ever, she was still wor­ried there might be per­ma­nent dam­age.

“I’m afraid my son may not be able to walk prop­erly again or do other things on his own be­cause of the frac­ture,” she said.

Colonel Mar­wan Al Man­souri, head of Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Moral Guid­ance at RAK Po­lice, said us­ing hov­er­boards on the emi­rate’s roads is an of­fence as it en­dan­gers the lives of road users.

“Par­ents should not let their chil­dren play on roads with hov­er­boards,” he said. “These elec­tronic scoot­ers should only be rid­den in des­ig­nated ar­eas such as parks and not on roads or pub­lic ar­eas.”

It is not the first se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the boards in the UAE. Last Oc­to­ber, a six-year-old Emi­rati child rid­ing a hov­er­board on a road in Abu Dhabi died af­ter he was hit by a car.

I’m afraid my son may not be able to walk prop­erly again or do things on his own – Mother of ac­ci­dent vic­tim

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