Teen Riding Hoverboard Hit By Bus, Dies

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Nawaf Al-TuwayanNawaf Al-Tuwayan

A 15-year-old boy from London, England, died after he fell off his hoverboard and was hit by a bus.

Nawaf Al-Tuwayan, who was originally from Saudi Arabia, was riding his hoverboard, a self-balancing scooter, to the store on Dec. 10 to buy some milk for his mother when the accident occurred, The Telegraph reported.

He is believed to be the first person to die in an accident involving a hoverboard.

Passerby Jeffrey Mingle, 33, witnessed the accident.

“He was trying to spin around, then he fell off, and the hoverboard came to us,” Mingle told The Telegraph. “I was standing behind the guy. I said to him: ‘There’s a bus coming, there’s a bus coming, get up.’ But he couldn’t get up in time.”

Mingle added that Al-Tuwayan did not look confident on the hoverboard as it lunged forward and backward, before it tossed him “face-first into the road.”

"He was scrambling to get to his feet when the bus came around the corner and hit him,” Mingle said. "He was dragged under it.”

Mingle tried to get the bus to stop because the driver did not immediately realize he had hit the teen and dragged him 200 yards.

“I knocked on his door, shouting, ‘You need to stop, you need to stop,’” Mingle said. "The boy was under the bus. It was terrible. It took them 15 minutes to raise up the bus, and another 20 minutes to get the boy out.” 

Al-Tuwayan was reported dead at the scane.

The bus driver has not been charged.

"It was terrible, a boy was killed,” a colleague of the bus driver said. “I came back from my break yesterday and I saw police and an ambulance. This whole area was sealed off by police.

"He is a very experienced driver. I was shocked when I heard it was him. He is very nice and kind and well behaved. I see him on the road every day. He is always helping everyone, always careful. It must be devastating for him as well as for the family of the boy."

In the United Kingdom, hoverboards are banned from use on public pavements and roads, according to the BBC, with the Crown Prosecution Service issuing a guidance stating they “are not legal for road use.”

The use of hoverboards in the United States on public streets varies by state. California will allow hoverboards anywhere a bicycle is permitted beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, The Guardian reported.

Sources: BBC, The Telegraph, The Guardian / Photo credit: Rex Features via The Telegraph