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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Teen's frontal lobe permanently disconnected

Brain researchers believe that the bizarre, inexplicable, antisocial and often dangerous behaviour of adolescents can be due to a lack of neural connections between the frontal lobe (the part of the brain responsible for, among other things, judgement and risk evaluation) and the rest of the brain. These connections are not fully developed until a person is in their early twenties. Exhibit A:
"Teen crushed by train while fleeing police in B.C."


VANCOUVER - A teenager was crushed under a slow-moving freight train while trying to escape from police yesterday.

Police are still trying to identify the youth, who is believed to be about 16 years old, who fled New Westminster police after he and two others were caught allegedly damaging property, detective Terry Wilson said...

Det. Wilson said the incident began at 3:10 am when police responded to a call of three youths damaging cars. Officers arrived four minutes later and approached the teens. One of the young men made a break for it, fleeing downhill towards the train tracks. A CN train was running along the tracks, and the youth tried to roll under it.

"He was caught under the train and fatally injured," Det. Wilson said...

The youth's body - with its head either crushed or missing - lay beneath a tarp for six hours as the investigators did their work. Regional coroner Vince Stancato said an autopsy is being done to determine how the youth died.

Canwest News Services

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