Reporting Tom Reopelle
CHULA VISTA (CBSLA.com) — A 15-year old Southland boy was dead Wednesday after what police are calling a freak accident he suffered while playing an increasingly popular “pass out” game.
KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports police say the unidentified teenager was with two friends watching an Internet video about how to intentionally pass out when he fell onto a glass tumbler that slashed his throat.
The boy was found profusely bleeding when police arrived at his home on Old Janal Ranch Road shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Chula Vista Police Capt. Gary Wedge.
“The victim was doing what he saw in the video, which ultimately caused him to pass out,” Wedge said. “When he passed out he fell forward, landed on a glass tumbler that was on the floor, and that glass tumbler shattered and then cut his neck.”
The boy regained consciousness after a few seconds, ran downstairs and tried to get help from his father, but collapsed again, Wedge said.
Medics took the boy to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he later died.
The popularity of the “pass out” game — which involves using a common hyperventilation technique — has soared since users have posted their attempts on YouTube and other online video hosting sites.
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