Teen Dies After Striking Bridge Atop Double Decker Tour Bus - KMSP-TV

Teen Dies After Striking Bridge Atop Double Decker Tour Bus

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Inglewood, CA - (FOX 11 / AP) Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.

News media outlets reported Sunday that 16-year-old Mason Zisette was standing on the tour bus Thursday evening as it passed under a bridge on the 405 freeway in Inglewood.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office says Zisette died Saturday afternoon. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Zisette was the son of former pro tennis player Matt Zisette. KPCC spoke with his tennis coach of two years Joe Ciasulli. Not only was Zisette a great tennis player, "but more importantly than that, he was just a free spirit," said Ciasulli.

"[He was] a fun guy to be around, always laughing, always joking. I spent most of my time in practice trying to keep him focused on tennis rather than just being lively," said Ciasulli. 

Zisette just completed his sophomore year at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, where he played as a starter on the varsity tennis team, said Ciasulli. 

Mira Costa High School Vice Principal Deborah Hofreiter says counselors and psychologists will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

"They are available for any student whether or not they are in summer school," she wrote in an e-mail to KPCC. "If students are in summer school, their absence to meet with counselors will not be counted against them."

The California Highway Patrol says the Star Line Tours bus had about 45 passengers, and most were under 18 years old.


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Grief counselors and psychologist will be on hand at Mira Costa high school in Manhattan Beach. The school principal says they will be available not just for students in summer school, but for any student that might be a help.

Fellow students and the community mourning the death of 16-year-old Mason Zisette, who would have been a junior at the high school. The well-liked varsity tennis player and son of a former tennis pro died after a freak accident that occurred 7:45 Friday night.

About 40 kids were riding on the top deck of the double-decker Starline Tour bus for a girl's birthday party. The teens were standing up at times, ducking when the bus passed under an overpass on the southbound 405 freeway. The bus was traveling around 45 mph, according to the CHP.

Mason was reportedly facing towards the back of the bus, and did not see the bridge at Arbor Vitae in Inglewood. His hands and head struck the bridge and he fell to the ground. Other students apparently carried him down to the bottom deck. He was rushed by paramedics to Harbor UCLA medical center.

Mason died the next day at 5:23 in the afternoon. His parents reportedly allowed 100 kids to say their goodbyes before he was taken off life support.

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