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Man dies as playground dare backfires

The Local · 3 Sep 2012, 14:03

Published: 03 Sep 2012 14:03 GMT+02:00

The unnamed man was at a playground in Bavaria with three friends, who dared him to let them use adhesive tape to tie him to a roundabout and see how fast they could spin it.

The group then tied the roundabout to a car and drove off as quickly as they could, sending the carousel spinning at a dangerously high speed, police in the Niederviehbach area said on Sunday evening.

But the tape came undone, causing the man to be flung off. He suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene.

His three friends had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for shock. Some of them are still being treated as inpatients, a Bavarian police spokesman told The Local.

“The incident is being treated as involuntary manslaughter by the state prosecutor,” the spokesman said.

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He added that there were no children on the playground when the accident happened, and that it was in a quiet area.

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Your comments about this article

15:39 September 3, 2012 by Herr Rentz
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16:16 September 3, 2012 by szukalski
Darwin Award.
16:58 September 3, 2012 by lucksi
About time that happened, now maybe those stupid stunts will stop.

And I expect some seriously waggled fingers in the directions of the ones who drove the car.
18:43 September 3, 2012 by IchBinKönig
poor idiots. This will, no doubt, haunt these guys for the rest of their lives. Stupid stunts + motorized vehicles = Tragic Accidents
23:18 September 3, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Suddenly... natural selection.
04:39 September 4, 2012 by beeker
Kind of a head slap moment there. Too bad that they didn't take physics in school. Want to bet alcohol was involved in something besides the fuel tank.
09:58 September 4, 2012 by sally#
Playing should be a happy thing but if done in a crazy way,it would be backfired. The four youngsters paid dearly for their stupid crazy action.
13:03 September 4, 2012 by zeddriver
@szukalski

I think this deserves a special gold plated Darwin award. As it was his mates that talked him in to it.

To the next one that tries this. Use more duct tape.
16:20 September 5, 2012 by raandy
With friends like that you sure don't need any enemies.
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