Brooklyn Boy Crushed by Gate During Game of ‘Chicken’

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

A 12-year-old Brooklyn boy was crushed to death on Sunday when he got stuck in a twenty-foot metal parking lot gate that rolled up when a nearby vehicle triggered its sensor. Witnesses said that the boy, Yakim McDaniels, was playing a game of chicken with some friends, seeing how high they could ride on the Lott Avenue gate before jumping down. “He was too high up to let go, he was screaming and screaming and he got caught up on the top of the gate,” said 31-year-old neighbor  Reinaldo Blandon. “From his head to the back of his shoulders went under, then he stopped yelling.” City Councilman Charles Barron blamed the tragedy on a lack of adequate places for children in the community to play.