Teen badly injured in scooter board accident
Police warn about scooter dangers
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