Teen Dies After Hitting Overpass While on Double-Decker Bus

The teen may have been dancing on a seat cushion with his back to the freeway signs when his head and hands slammed into the sign

By Christina Cocca
|  Monday, Jul 14, 2014  |  Updated 4:54 AM CDT
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Investigation Continues After Teen Hurt on Double-Decker Bus

Jane Yamamoto

Mason Zisette, a 16-year-old Manhattan Beach boy, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, days after he struck a freeway overpass when he stood up on an open roof double-decker bus traveling 45 mph, police said.

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Investigation Continues After Teen Hurt on Double-Decker Bus

A CHP investigation continued as a 16-year-old Manhattan Beach teen remained hospitalized after being critically injured while riding a Starline tour bus. The teen's friends are planning a prayer vigil after the boy was hurt when he stood up on a double-decker bus and struck a freeway overpass. Jane Yamamoto reports NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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A 16-year-old Manhattan Beach boy died Saturday days after he struck a freeway overpass when he stood up on an open roof double-decker bus traveling 45 mph, according to the LA County Coroner's Office.

The double-decker bus with Starline Tours chartered for a private party was traveling south before 8 p.m. Thursday on the San Diego (405) Freeway near the Arbor Vitae Street overpass when the incident happened, said CHP Officer Edgar Figueroa.

The teen was identified as Mason Zisette, according to the coroner's office.

The private bus had 45 passengers, most of whom were under 18 years old and were with adult chaperons.

A witness told NBC4 that the teen may have been dancing on a seat cushion with his back to the freeway signs when his head and hands slammed into the sign. He then collapsed on the floor, the witness said.

About two dozen teens were present and dancing on the upper deck at the time of the incident. All adult chaperones were inside the bus at the time.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the incident. Starline declined to comment.

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