Boy Killed In Soccer Goal Accident

A 9-year-old boy was killed this weekend when a heavy, movable soccer goal fell on his head.

Published reports say Juan Escalera was hit by the metal goal after church Sunday Morning. The 3rd grader was in a field in Newton Grove in Sampson County, west of Mount Olive.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Reports say the goal was not secured to the ground, though it's not exactly clear why it fell over.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says "these movable soccer goals pose an unnecessary risk of tipover to children who climb on goals (or nets) or hang from the crossbar."

The CPSC says they've had a number of similar deaths reported in the US. In a 20 year period, from 1979 to 1999, at least 23 people were killed by movable soccer goals. Even more were treated for injuries.


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  • by Soccer Club Member Location: Florida on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    First, my heart goes out to the family for this tragic occurance. While there is no indication that the parents we not diligent in their oversight, I cannot even count the number of times I have asked parents to not have their kids climb on the nets and equipment, it is not a jungle gym. Even a fully anchored goal will fall over when used improperly. Also, kids and adults alike move goals that were anchored and fail to anchor them again before usage. Hopefully everyone will take this tragedy as a reminder of their responsibility.
  • by Marivel Location: GREENE COUNTY on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM
    may you rest in peace Juan "Kiki" Escalera. It was a pleasure meeting you. May you rest in peace. You will be forever missed by many but never forgotten by any..... <3
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    Heartbreaking. I have a son about that age and he's a climber, loves to get on anything he shouldn't be on. It only takes a second to lose a child. We play at a park with several soccer goals, and I'm sure none of them are anchored. Bless his family.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    Don't they make them now out of plastic. Less main and weight. Sorry this happened to a little kid.
  • by Jim Bob on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Prayers to the family and teams
  • by t Location: enc on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    they have HAVE to be anchored down this happens way too often so sorry and prayers for the family
  • by EWHS Location: Goldsboro on Jan 13, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    The same thing happened to a very dear friend of mine in High School - 1989-1990 - at Eastern Wayne Sr High ... It was a SAD SAD Day; The goal toppled over and he was also crushed by the goal - My heart goes out to the family of this child. (and his classmates at school).
  • by PL Location: ENC on Jan 13, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  • by ECU student on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    these types of goals are very dangerous if they are not ancored to the ground. As a soccer official we are not allowed to start a match until we check to make sure that the goals are properly secured to the ground. If not secured these things are top heavy and can easily tip over from strong winds, or from kids hanging from the crossbar.
  • by Me Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:36 AM
    Parents PLEASE make sure your child NEVER hangs from the crossbar, especially upside down by the knees. I know a man who is a quadraplegic because he did that and the crossbar broke. He fell on his head and broke his neck.
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