A Filipino died after falling off his hoverboard (hands-free Segway) after banging into a pole at a public park in Dubai, according to a top police official.
According to Emirates247 “The accident occurred a few days ago at the car park of Mushrif Park. The deceased lost his balance and fell,” said Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, head of Dubai Traffic Police, adding that this is the first fatality involving the self-balancing, two-wheeled devices in the UAE. There have been several accidents where riders have been injured.
He noted that the Federal Traffic Council had issued a decision banning the use of air wheels on UAE roads given their high risks.
“There have also been similar accidents that caused injuries to their users,” he told ‘Emarat Al Youm’ daily.
Meanwhile, according GMA News A Filipino musician was killed here following a longboarding accident on December 20.
John “Joms” Magno’s death was announced on Facebook by his bandmate and fellow OFW John Mark “Kram” Cruz. The two played in the band Up the Ante, where Magno was the bassist.
“The incident happened at the Mushrif Park last December 20,” shared Cruz in a text message.
Before joining Up the Ante, Magno was the drummer of Amerie and guitarist of Avian Limit in the Philippines. At the UAE, he worked as a graphic designer of the CPI Media Group, a Dubai-based publication.
Cruz said Magno had been a skateboarding enthusiast since high school. He just shifted to longboarding five months ago.
“Joms was the most creative in the band,” Cruz said. “He has displayed exceptional intellectual ability when it comes to the arrangement of our original songs.”
Cruz also described his fallen bandmate as “a genius when it comes to music and any forms of art.”