Woman and puppy injured after e-scooter driver hits her in Melbourne
Johanna Hersey and her beloved pup Bella were walking through Flagstaff Gardens when a person traveling on an electric scooter hit her.
“Suddenly an e-scooter came at full speed and passed between my dog and me,” she said.
“It knocked me to the ground and sent Bella flying through the air.”
Hersey fell on her face and was badly bruised from the incident and Bella the toy poodle broke her hind leg bone.
“It was quite traumatic for me and the dog,” she said.
Three weeks after the incident the couple have recovered and Hersey is now calling for greater action to protect pedestrians in the CBD.
But the problem persists, despite the ban on e-scooters on sidewalks.
“This poor behavior of electric scooters on sidewalks is becoming more and more common,” Hersey said.
Victoria Walks managing director Ben Rossiter said electric scooters had the potential to be dangerous if driven irresponsibly.
“We are seeing a lot of electric scooters being driven illegally and the authorities need to do a lot more,” he said.
It was a private e-scooter that hit Hersey and Bella.
It is illegal to ride a private electric scooter on roads, trails or other public places.
The collision cost Hersey not only physical pain but also financial pain, costing $1,000 to repair Bella’s broken leg.
The e-scooter driver pulled over immediately after the accident and he even offered to pay the vet’s bills.
However, he is now silent and ignores all calls.