Case ReportAn Autopsy Case of Heart Rupture From a Scooter Accident With 3 RidersIhama, Yoko MD; Miyazaki, Tetsuji MD; Ageda, Saori; Arao, Tomonori PhD; Fuke, Chiaki PhDAuthor Information From the Department of Forensic Medical Science, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa. Manuscript received November 25, 2004; accepted October 11, 2005. Reprints: Department of Forensic Medical Science, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, 207 Uehara, Nishihara, Nakagami, Okinawa, 903-0215 Japan. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2006 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 87-89 doi: 10.1097/01.paf.0000202808.85644.09 Buy Metrics Abstract A 15-year-old male died of cardiac rupture due to blunt chest trauma from a traffic accident involving a low-speed scooter carrying 3 people and a head-on collision with a tree. The victim was sitting on the footrest of the scooter. It was concluded that the victim was compressed between the handlebar of the scooter and the other 2 passengers, causing cardiac ruptures via bidirectional compression and intravascular hydrostatic pressure. The victim may have served as a cushion for the other 2 passengers, who were not thrown from the scooter and sustained only minor injuries. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.