Teen On E-Scooter Killed By Pickup Truck
ABC 7 New York reports that a teen riding an e-scooter was fatally struck by a truck in New Jersey. The accident occurred on Wednesday night at about 8 p.m. at the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Elizabeth, New Jersey.
According to authorities, 16-year-old Nelson Miranda Gomez is the first fatality in the city’s newly created scooter share program. Gomez was operating a Lime scooter when a large tow truck struck him. He was rushed to a local hospital, where staff pronounced the teenager deceased. The driver of the truck remained on the scene. The accident is being investigated by the Elizabeth Police Department, but no charges have been filed.
The city just launched the scooter program at the beginning of November. They will have police officers patrolling on the scooters. The city will receive $0.10 per ride which will offset the cost of enforcement. Lime’s user agreement prohibits those operating the scooters from being under the age of 18.
An investigation by Consumer Reports indicated that over the past year, there have been 1,545 accidents involving electric scooters. Companies like Bird, Lime, Uber, and Lyft have ventured into the business of renting out electric scooters. The cost is generally $1.00 to start the scooter and then $0.20 per minute thereafter. A large concern with the proliferation of the scooter rental companies has been safety. All rental companies advise that their riders wear helmets, but they must provide the helmets themselves. There is currently no database of statistics involving e-scooter accidents. Numbers have been generated through requests for information to medical facilities.