Thursday, June 26, 2008

Freeway Graffiti is a Dangerous Sport

Source: Los Angeles Times

Man, said to be tagging overpass, injured on 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles

Witnesses say he fell onto the interstate near the Main Street off-ramp with a can of spray paint in his hands.

A man apparently spray painting graffiti on an overpass fell Saturday night onto the 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles, authorities said.Several motorists told authorities that the man had possibly broken his back at about 9:45 p.m. and had a can of spray paint clutched in his hands as he lay on the freeway near the Main Street off-ramp, said California Highway Patrol spokesman David Porter.

Porter said the man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was being treated.The accident comes about three weeks after prolific tagger Cyrus Yazdani -- who goes by the moniker "Buket" -- was arrested for causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage.Yazdani is perhaps most recognized for a YouTube video that shows him climbing and spray painting behind the Hollywood Freeway sign near Melrose Avenue as traffic speeds below.
Related: Another article in the Los Angeles Times from June 24, 2008 -
Daredevil taggers make news but injuries are rare, Southern California authorities say

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