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In the News: Electric scooter driver seriously injured

Streetsblog reports that an e-scooter driver heading north on the Church Street cycle path collided with a car and was seriously injured at around 10.45am yesterday morning as the driver made a left turn from Church to Thomas.

The NYPD preliminary investigation determined that “a 43-year-old male driving a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling north on Church Street, making a left turn onto Thomas Street heading west. Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man riding a Kaabo Mantis electric scooter (standing) was also traveling northbound on Church Street in a marked cycle lane.

“As the Jetta completed the left turn, the electric scooter operator braked and lost control of the scooter. As a result, the electric scooter operator was thrown over the handlebars of the scooter and crashed into the driver side rear wheel of the Jetta. EMS responded and returned the electric scooter operator to NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue in critical condition with severe head trauma. The Jetta operator remained on site and did not suffered no injuries.

The NYPD Traffic Collision Investigation Team is investigating the collision.

An officer at the scene told Streetsblog he blamed the crash in part on the sidewalk structure just down the block because it obstructed views of the bike path, but the driver also had dozens of tickets. for speeding on his record.

According to the company’s website, this brand of electric scooter can reach a top speed of 25 mph.

Earnest L. Veasey