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Motorcyclist hurt by kite string expected to recover; criminal probe underway

A motorcycle on Warden Ave. after the rider became entangled in kite string. Aug. 28, 2011. CITYNEWS.

A criminal investigation is underway after a motorcyclist was cut by what appeared to be a kite string on Sunday.

Police said the 27-year-old motorcyclist drove into the kite line strung across the street and suffered a serious neck injury. While the incident is being treated by police as accidental, a criminal probe has been launched.

“There was so much blood, I just thought maybe that was it,” victim Humayun Kobir told CityNews.

“I didn’t know what to do…I just called for help. I pretty much just lay on the floor because I didn’t know what to do. I was in shock more than anything.”

The bizarre incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Warden Avenue, near St. Clair Avenue. A pile of the string was also found near the intersection.

“I was riding downhill on my way to work actually and I felt a rattle on my helmet and so I immediately slowed right down to see what was going on. And I didn’t feel anything so I slowed down and all of a sudden there was blood squirting out of me. That’s when I realized I was cut, because I felt a real sharp pain on my neck,” Kobir said.

Kobir was released from hospital Monday, after being treated for his injuries.

Kite flying and kite fighting are popular in the area, police say. The activities are also illegal in most areas of the city.

A year ago, the city banned all kite-flying in Scarborough’s Milliken Park after receiving several complaints about wayward kite strings.

The goal of kite fighting is to break a competitor’s string and send that person’s kite to the ground. Some kite strings used are sharp, and are coated with glass and metal.

The sport was also banned in Bluffer’s Park after strings ended up in the lake, jamming boaters’ engines.
“I don’t know if this is some kind of joke or something…But you know what? It’s not funny,” said Kobir.