A man who survived childhood cancer died just over a week after his 29th birthday when he crashed his electric scooter into a lamp post while not wearing a helmet.
The grieving family of Scott Wilson have urged fellow cyclists to wear protective gear after he suffered fatal head injuries while riding his electric scooter through Leeds.
He was placed in an induced coma following the crash and, despite emergency surgery, died in Leeds General Infirmary on 29 April.
His family said Scott survived an “uphill battle” with childhood cancer, adding that his sudden death left them “absolutely devastated”.
They are now calling on e-scooter riders to take “all necessary safety precautions” or risk the same “anguish and loss” they are currently facing.
Although sales of electric scooters topped one million in February, they cannot be used legally on UK roads without proper registration, insurance and driving licenses.
His family said: “Scott’s death in such sudden and unnecessary circumstances has left us completely devastated.
“He had just celebrated his birthday on April 20.
“He died on Friday April 29 at Leeds General Infirmary and was surrounded by his parents, siblings and loved ones.
“Scott was an energetic, genuine and inventive young man who deserved to live a long and happy life.”
Scott’s death was made all the more tragic as he had beaten cancer during his teenage years.
The family continued: “He had an uphill battle with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia after being diagnosed when he was 14, but had been in remission since he was 18.
“He also underwent two hip replacement surgeries and a shoulder replacement as a result of the medications used to treat his cancer.
“He was a beloved son, uncle, brother, cousin and nephew to a large and diverse family who truly loved him unconditionally.”
They also sent out a warning to other riders, saying: “Scott died of serious head injuries and he might have had a better chance of surviving if he had been wearing a helmet.
“We urge anyone using an electric scooter to take all necessary safety precautions, including wearing a helmet, to prevent their families from experiencing the same anguish and loss that we are currently feeling as a result of Scott’s death.”
Most electric scooters have a top speed of around 25 mph, but supposedly “safe” machines can be set to exceed 40 mph.
There is no specific law covering the use of electric scooters, which means that the government simply recognizes them as “motor transporters”.
Detective Sergeant Paul Lightowler of the Major Collision Investigation Team explained: “An electric scooter is a mechanically propelled vehicle because it is powered by electricity.
“When used on a road, the correct driver’s license is required, third party liability insurance is required and it will also need to be registered and licensed.
“Legislation relating to electric scooters which have been hired under a trial scheme differs, but none of the schemes are currently operating in West Yorkshire.
“The offenses of careless driving, dangerous driving and any drunk or drug driving offenses apply to an electric scooter in exactly the same way as to a car.”