School Board’s Whitfield falls off hoverboard, breaks back

School board member Erica Whitfield read with students at Poinciana Elementary in 2015 as part of a Children's Services Council literacy event. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

School board member Erica Whitfield read with students at Poinciana Elementary in 2015 as part of a Children’s Services Council literacy event. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Posted: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017


Palm Beach County School Board member Erica Whitfield is sitting very still in a recliner at her Lake Worth home, watching “The Crown” on Netflix and hoping that she will be able to move well enough to go to next week’s board meeting — which seems perhaps ambitious since she’s recovering from a broken back.

She stepped on a hoverboard the day after Christmas and fell flat on her back seconds later, shattering a vertebra slightly above her shoulder blades.

See the full story including Whitfield’s account of what went wrong here. 

See what one consumer group has said about the dangers of hoverboards here. 

 

 

 

 

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