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HOVERBOARD HORROR

A teen fell off his hoverboard and allegedly killed his cousin in the process

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Crash and burn.
  • Mike Murphy
By Mike Murphy

Technology editor

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Officials in Orange County, Florida, said that a 13-year-old boy died Monday (Feb. 8) after accidentally being shot in the head by his cousin.

Lavardo Fisher had been playing video games when his cousin shot him, according to officials. Fisher’s cousin was balancing on a hoverboard, and, as he lost his balance, shot Fisher in the back of the head, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

According to CBS Miami, his cousin hasn’t been charged, as police said he didn’t mean to shoot. However, it’s not clear why he had been riding a hoverboard while holding a gun.

Local authorities, schools, and airlines in the US have been cracking down on the availability of hoverboards in recent months over fears people will be hurt using them. Amazon recently limited the sale of most hoverboards on its site, and they have been banned from the New York subway. Hoverboards have also been at fault for numerous house fires and explosions, seemingly as result of their shoddy construction and a lack of standards for their manufacturing. Guns, on the other hand, are still relatively easy to acquire.

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