Man sues museum after running into wall while racing virtual athlete

A man is suing a museum after he ran into a wall while racing a virtual athlete.

Dean Smith was trying to beat Australian legend Cathy Freeman in a 400m race at the time.

The Scienceworks museum, in Melbourne, Australia, had a special installation where visitors could take on the Olympic gold medallist in virtual form.

Unfortunately for Mr Smith he came off second best and ended up with several fractures, according to Fairfax.

‘All these little things made me think I could beat her, I got a bit competitive, thinking “I can take on Cathy Freeman”,’ he said.

‘Then when I was 30cm from the wall I saw what was going to stop me.’

Dean Smith suffered serious injuries

His complaint filed at Victorian Supreme Court also claimed he had suffered a stroke as a result of his injuries last June, which included a broken vertebra and rib.

He said he also now suffered from a psychiatric disorder.

His wife Rachel Smith told The Herald-Sun: ‘When he arrived at the trauma unit … they said to me he’s pretty much done the closest job to knocking his head off his shoulders as you possibly can without dying.’

Mr Smith now wants a pay-out for the ‘negligence’ after apparently having to stop work as an installer of pool glass.

The interactive exhibit at Scienceworks in Spotswood

He said the Scienceworks museum didn’t ensure the environment was safe because there was poor lighting and the 10m track led straight to a wall.

Museums Victoria, which operates the Scienceworks, said it was unable to specifically comment on the case because it was active.

A spokeswoman told Guardian Australia: ‘Scienceworks has been one of Melbourne’s favourite attractions for a quarter of a century, and is absolutely committed to the safety of the hundreds of thousands of children and families who visit every year.’

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