Tragedy was preventable
Third-grader Juan Escalera, 9, died after a soccer goal fell on him causing brain trauma. It is unclear as to what caused the goal to fall while Juan and his cousins were playing soccer after church in Sampson County, N.C.
Since 1979, there have been 36 deaths in the U.S. involving tipovers of portable soccer goals. Soccer goals, which can weigh up to 500 lbs., should be anchored down with stakes or sand bags to prevent these tragedies.
Please see our prior blog and video, Soccer Goal Tipping Hazards.