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Teen Injured on Double-Decker Bus Dies

The boy was identified as Mason Zisette of Manhattan Beach.

Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.
Patch photo credit: Renee Schiavone.

A 16-year-old boy died today from injuries sustained when his head struck an overpass in El Segundo as he was standing up on the top deck of a double-decker tour bus, a coroner's investigator said.

The boy was identified as Mason Zisette of Manhattan Beach, said coroner's Investigator Joseph Cronin.

Zisette died at 5:23 p.m. at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Cronin said.

  • Friends of Mason Zisette took to Twitter to share their heartfelt condolences. You can read some of them above in the Storify box.

Gage Stroman, of Manhattan Beach, said he was among a group of people who carried the boy to the bottom deck, where he was treated by paramedics and taken to a nearby hospital.

Stroman, 17, challenged reports that emergency responders found the injured youth lying on the  shoulder of the San Diego (405) Freeway north of El Segundo Boulevard -- near where the accident happened at about 7:45 p.m. Friday.

"That makes it sound like he was knocked off the bus onto the 405," Stroman said. "That's not what happened. We took him downstairs on the bus and that's where he stayed until help arrived."

Stroman said he and the injured teen where among a group of South Bay students celebrating another passenger's birthday. He said he was near the boy when the accident occurred, but didn't see what happened.

"I heard a scream and looked up and he was down," Stroman said. "We all ran over to him."

NBC4 reported that the Starline Tours bus was traveling about 45 mph when the youth stood and was struck by the Arbor Vitae Street overpass.

--City News Service


Perla July 13, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Mason was a wonderful person. His parents are one of the kindest, most giving families I know. He was deeply loved, he was respectful and so nice, and he is going to be so deeply missed. The Druilhet Family
nickie miner July 13, 2014 at 03:47 PM
So tragic, terribly sad, just awful. Prior to the trip, don't these busses warn people not to stand up on the upper deck?
Oezden Aynali July 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Please, I have a request of prosecutors, please. Please go to the accident site on the same bus with the same driver, denn Please take same place, on which the boy was sitting, Please Stop the bus under the bridge. Please take in your hand a meter. Sitting, please measure the distance between your forehead and the roof of the bridge. Please Write the result on your Paper. If there is a roadsign at The Bridge down outstanding, please measure that too. I saw in googleearth 3 Bridges on the Bus way. Please write the Measure for these Bridges too with same way. And Please ask to Witnesses, whether the boy could touch his head before Bridges. (Maybe first, oder seconds Bridge). Because The Wittness said, they didn't see. but they heard the scream. I pleased from you that, because it must be made, may be, a rules between the Bridges and double decker bus. Many Thanks, Oezden Aynali (Germany)
Robert Illes July 14, 2014 at 07:00 PM
It's a lawsuit all right, unless (or perhaps no matter if) there is a warning sign or there was verbal warming from the driver to sit - and probably sit low - as for some stupid effing reason the double decker bus is going under freeway overpasses. These buses I generally see on surface streets. What was the big hurry (to necessitate driving on the freeway)? And aren't people buckled in, especially when riding on the freeway? The overpass I imagine comes up very quickly and if you're not paying attention, and for whatever reason stand up... Very sorry for the family and the boy's friends. A terrible tragedy that should never have happened.

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