Sunday, May 6, 2012

Brooklyn boy dies after being trapped in a gate

Police say a 12-year-old boy was playing a game of "chicken" on a parking lot gate in Brooklyn when it accidentally rolled up and crushed him to death.

Neighbors said Yakima McDaniels was going up and down on the rolling gate but suddenly instead of jumping off as the gate rose again; he hung on until his head got caught between it and its metal frame 20 feet above the ground.

Apparently the rules of "chicken" are to ride on the gate when it goes up and then jump off. Sources told the New York Post the jump gets more difficult as the gate rises. The last one to jump off the gate wins.

The incident happened at 230 Lott Avenue in Crown Heights as the unidentified boy suffered injuries to his head and shoulders. He was taken by EMS to Brook dale Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

City councilman Charles Barron said this incident shows why there need for recreational facilities in East New York.

(Photo By 911BUFF)