A YOUNG man has died and another was in Gosford Hospital with serious injuries after riding a wheelie bin down a long, steep street on the central coast at the weekend.
The practice, in which a wheelie bin is laid on its side and then ridden down the street, is well documented on YouTube.
Sometimes the bins have modifications such as handled bars for steering; others are cut away to make seats. Some video clips have children riding them.
The 22-year-old Umina man died after riding a wheelie bin down Lone Pine Avenue, which runs on to Kingsview Drive, at Umina Beach in the early hours of yesterday morning. Police believe that he and another man rode the bin down the street, lying one on top of the other, then struck the gutter and were thrown into a small tree.
Another man had gone down the hill on another bin before realising his friends had not reached the bottom.
A Lone Pine Avenue resident, Andrea Cartwright, said it was ”an accident waiting to happen”.
”Kingsview Drive has been a favourite place for kids who would ride down the hill face-first on skateboards,” she said.
”It’s such a steep hill that cars have trouble doing more than 20km/h up it.”
A police statement said the men were treated by friends until emergency services arrived shortly after 3am. ”Investigators believe that while one man lay on the bin, the second was on top of him, but they struck the gutter as they continued with their descent,” police said.
”A 22-year-old Umina man appears to have struck a small tree and suffered massive head injuries while a 19-year-old Umina man has broken ribs and internal injuries.”
NSW Ambulance said staff performed CPR on the 22-year-old en route to Gosford Hospital, where he died. The other man was last night still in Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. A report will be prepared for the coroner.
with Michelle Harris and Stephen Ryan