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    Max's Scooter

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    IMO, there is NO way that scooter made those marks on the INSIDE of the railing. And look at the one UNDER the top railing. If Max were going OVER the railing, it was impossible to leave the marks on the OUTSIDE and UNDERNEATH.

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    As far as I can see, there are no marks on the "inside" of the railing. In fact, I don't see the inside of the railing in these photos.

    This looks like a photo of damage only on the newel post. As for damage underneath the cap of the newel post - if that's what that is (kind of hard to see) it could have happened when the scooter was lifted up and caught on the underside of the post.

    If the scenario is a child (MS) lifting the scooter up to the top of the newel post, he's going to have some difficulty because of his height. He would have to lift it up pretty high and might bang it on the side in doing so.

    If he leaned the scooter against the railing, then climbed up on the newel post and lifted the scooter up from that position, it also might bang up against the post beneath the cap.

    My kids had those scooters and they're kind of unwieldly when you lift them up by the handle bars. The heavy lower part tends to swivel/pivot around and bang into things if you're not careful. We kept the kids scooters in the garage and I had to remind them to be careful to avoid banging them into our cars when lifting or carrying them in and out.

    So I can definitely see how trying to lift the scooter up near the post or railing could result in it banging around and causing damage.

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    Markings on Newel Post

    While I don't have a scooter to compare the pattern of the markings on the newel post with, something about this just doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps the damage was not done all at one time, but from a series of collisions into the post?

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    Pic of second floor landing and newel post

    Second floor landing and newel post. I wonder if more detailed pics of the bottom portion of the newel post were taken by investigators before the extensive remodeling? Were there dings and scuffs possibly from the scooter at floor level, for example?



    In the large pic of the top of the post upthread, you can see stairs descending in the left of the pic. So the orientation of the damaged areas is in the corner of the post as you would look toward it in this pic.
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    Model Razor Cruiser "Wood Kick"

    http://www.razor.com/products/kick-scooters/cruiser/



    From the investigative photos above, Max's scooter appears to me to be consistent with a Razor Cruiser "Wood Kick" model. This model has larger wheels and a larger, flexible wood platform, as compared to their most common models with in-line skate wheels and narrow metal platforms.

    The side view posted by *Lash* above appears to show the edge of the wood platform.

    That's an interesting choice for the model. It's not carried in a lot of stores. Someone put some thought into which model to purchase for Max.

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    This is an article in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal about scooter injuries-- this particular article was written in 2000.

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or.../108/1/e2.full

    All of these injuries occurred with the same kind of scooter, the Razor, made by JD Corporation. Most were also inexperienced scooter users. The younger the patient, the more serious the injuries. In our group, 2 of the youngest patients sustained the most severe injuries.
    Although our sample was small, protective gear, parental supervision, and absence of a past history of trauma had no preventive impact. It has been speculated that protective gear will reduce the risk of scooter injuries, but this is questionable. Protective gear did protect against the area it covered (eg, there were no wrist fractures among the children who were wearing wrist guards), but scooter injuries expose so much of the body to injury that a child would need to wear full-body protective gear.

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    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml00/00178.html

    CPSC alert from 2000

    ....emergency room-treated injuries related to popular lightweight scooters have increased 700 percent since May. CPSC data show that there were more than 4,000 scooter-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in August alone. There have been more than 9,400 emergency room-treated injuries reported for 2000 so far. Nearly 90 percent of the injuries are to children under 15 years of age.
    Link to CPSC 2001 letter. Ten of 25 deaths were related to non-motorized scooters:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/1746403/Co...afety-toydth01
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    Non-Powered Scooter Death Data

    The following is the latest CPSC update on non-powered scooter-related deaths. CPSC has reports of 16 deaths relating to non-powered scooters so far in 2001.


    A man riding a scooter down an Albuquerque, N.M. roadway at night was struck and killed by a pickup truck on January 25, 2001.
    A 12-year-old boy from Spring Hill, Fla., died January 20, 2001, after both he and his twin brother were hit by a car while riding their scooters.
    A 10-year-old boy from Forest, Ohio, died January 6, 2001, after a fall from a scooter.
    An 8-year-old boy from Stockton, Calif., died March 26, 2001, after being hit by a car.
    A 13-year-old boy from Mount Sterling, Ky., died April 3, 2001, after being struck by a car.
    A 10-year-old boy from San Leandro, Calif., died April 9, 2001, when he lost control of his scooter on a steep hill and fell.
    A 9-year-old boy from Miami, Fla., died April 23, 2001, when he was struck by a van while riding his scooter out of his driveway.
    A man from Augusta, Ga., reportedly died of head trauma relating to a scooter incident. The date of the incident was not given.
    An 8-year old boy from Detroit, Mich., died when he was struck by a car on June 17.
    An 18-year old male from Harpers Ferry W.V., died when the scooter he was riding swerved in the path of an on-coming pickup truck.
    A 12-year-old boy from Harpers Ferry, W.V., died when the scooter he was riding collided with a garbage truck in July 2001.
    A man, 57, from Temecula, Calif. died on July 31, 2001 when he fell off a scooter and struck his head.
    A boy, 10, from San Diego, Calif, died on July 31, 2001 when he was riding a scooter down a hill at a high rate of speen and struck by a car.
    A man, 66, from Lebanon, Pa., died on August 8, 2001 when he fell from a scooter and struck his head against the curb.
    A 50-year-old New Jersey man died August 22 after losing control of a scooter at Elk Neck State Park, Md., according to the Department of Natural Resources.
    A 9-year-old boy from Altamonte Springs, Fla., died on September 12, 2001 when he was struck by the van driven by his father, after he lost grip or let go of the side-view mirror he was holding onto.
    http://cpsc.gov/pr/prscoot.html

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    Injury from nonpowered scooters is the leading cause of toy-related death
    https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Encyc...ntentID=P03000


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    Interesting. In 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Products Safety Commission actually teamed up and recommended that children under age 8 not ride non-powered scooters at all. The injury and death rate was too high.

    The AAP and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge riders of wheeled boards to exercise caution and offer the following safety tips:

    •Wear sturdy shoes, a helmet that complies with CPSC or Snell Memorial Foundation standards, knee pads, wrist guards and elbow pads. Wrist guards may make it difficult to grip the handle and steer the scooter.

    Children under age 8 should not ride non-powered scooters or caster boards. Children under age 5 should not use skateboards. Children ages 5-10 should ride skateboards only with close adult supervision.
    http://aapnews.aappublications.org/c...30/8/26.7.full

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    7/11/11 - Monday
    10:00 am Max falls, Rebecca finds him not breathing and with no pulse. He is reported to have said “ocean” before becoming unresponsive. Rebecca was in first floor powder room, XZ was taking a shower.

    10:10 am XZ calls 911 but is confused about address. Rebecca began CPR.

    10:12 am COPD officer Erhard arrives on scene, gives correct address to dispatch. He reports finding Max at the base of the stairs with his feet facing the wall, head toward the door, with the chandelier near his left shoulder and a Razor type scooter with the rear wheel and rear 1/3 of the foot plate across his right shin. The paramedics continued CPR and administered cardiotonic medications. During a second round of epinephrine Max had a spontaneous return of circulation. Estimated duration of CPR was 25-30 minutes.

    JS at gym, he follows ambulance to hospital

    10:36 am Max arrives at Sharp Coronado. A head CT demonstrated cerebral edema, “rotational artifact” and a possible C5 abnormality. He had nonreactive pupils upon admission and decorticated posturing. Max is transferred to Rady Children’s (3020 Children’s Way, San Diego CA, [11.8 miles or 17 minutes from 1043 Ocean Dr., Coronado CA]) by the Emergency Transport Pediatric Team.

    Rebecca and XZ go clinic for stitches from cleaning up chandelier.

    2:00 pm DS learns of fall, goes to hospital

    4:00 pm Rebecca calls TG about boarding Ocean.

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    I really believe that the "children" took the opportunity to play in the house while Rebecca and sister were in the bathrooms. I have thought this all along. Too bad the parents didn't have strict rules that the children were not permitted this type of playing in the house (outdoor activities made for outdoors). Or at least to wear helmet and other protection. It could have helped save Max from his accident.

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    [QUOTE=arielilane;8484091]I really believe that the "children" took the opportunity to play in the house while Rebecca and sister were in the bathrooms. I have thought this all along. Too bad the parents didn't have strict rules that the children were not permitted this type of playing in the house (outdoor activities made for outdoors). Or at least to wear helmet and other protection. It could have helped save Max from his accident.[/QUOTE]

    We have strict rules in our household that helmets must be worn at ALL times for scooters, bikes, and skateboards. This rule is never followed. I am constantly running outside screaming to put the helmet on. My kids have never had the thought to use the scooter inside (thankfully), but I bet if they did, they would go with the "ask for forgiveness instead of permission" route. Little boys, especially Max's age, can be born daredevils.

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    [quote=BrownRice;8484479]
    Quote Originally Posted by arielilane View Post
    I really believe that the "children" took the opportunity to play in the house while Rebecca and sister were in the bathrooms. I have thought this all along. Too bad the parents didn't have strict rules that the children were not permitted this type of playing in the house (outdoor activities made for outdoors). Or at least to wear helmet and other protection. It could have helped save Max from his accident.[/QUOTE]

    We have strict rules in our household that helmets must be worn at ALL times for scooters, bikes, and skateboards. This rule is never followed. I am constantly running outside screaming to put the helmet on. My kids have never had the thought to use the scooter inside (thankfully), but I bet if they did, they would go with the "ask for forgiveness instead of permission" route. Little boys, especially Max's age, can be born daredevils.
    But Nina went out of her way in her Channel 8 interview to state (over and over) that Max was not a daredevil...........I don't believe much of what she said in that "staged" interview.

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