(October 28, 2008)—A 13-year-old boy who was pretending that he was being strangled by a seat belt died after his neck actually got tangled in the belt, Houston police said Tuesday.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said the teenager’s death appears to have been an accident.
The name of the victim was not immediately released.
Autopsy results were pending Tuesday.
Senties told The Associated Press that the boy and a friend were riding in the back seat of a vehicle driven by the friend’s mother Monday night in northwest Houston.
Senties said the teenager wrapped a seat belt around his neck, pretending he was being strangled, when he started "choking for real.
Evidently he got tangled up in the seat belt,” Senties said.
Police say the woman managed to free the teen who was transported to a Houston hospital and pronounced dead.