London 'hoverboard' bus crash teenager dies
- 11 December 2015
- From the section London
A teenager riding a "hoverboard" has died in a crash with a bus, police have said.
The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene in Glacier Way, Alperton, west London, on Thursday night.
He had been riding a "self-balancing scooter" at the time of the crash, Scotland Yard said.
The boy has yet to be formally identified, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course, police said.
Eyewitness Jeffrey Mingle, from Edgware, north London, was crossing the road at the time.
He told BBC London: "I saw the guy on the hoverboard, I was just standing there next to him and then he fell into the road.
"He tried to get up but he wasn't quick enough and then he was hit by a bus, the 224. "
Writing on Twitter, Councillor James Denselow wrote: "Sad to hear about the death of a 15-year-old boy in Alperton last night who collided with a bus whilst riding a hoverboard."
Banned from the road
- "Self-balancing scooters" are known by various names including "hoverboards" and "rideables"
- Gyroscopes are used to counter-balance and control the speed of the wheels - with some models capable of travelling at up to 12 mph
- They are banned from use on public pavements and roads in the UK
- The Crown Prosecution Service has issued guidance stating they "are not legal for road use"
- According to the Department for Transport, it is only legal to use them on private property with the owner's consent
- The same applies to Segway scooters, with one Yorkshire man successfully prosecuted and fined £75 for riding one on the pavement