Scooter Company Lime Vying for Expansion Opportunities Despite Dallas Fatality
DALLAS, TX. – September 5, 2016 (abcnews.go.com) According to an online news report from abcnews.go.com, despite one of its scooters being involved in a recent fatality crash in Dallas, Texas, scooter company Lime is pushing full-steam ahead and vying for opportunities to enter more major cities in the U.S.*
At approximately 4 a.m. on September 1, police in Dallas responded to a call regarding “an individual injured while riding a scooter.” Reports indicate 24-year-old Jacoby Stoneking had been riding a scooter owned by Lime and somehow crashed. He reportedly asked a bystander to call him a Lyft ride, and the bystander did so. When the Lyft driver arrived, Stoneking was unresponsive with scrapes and bruising on his hands and lower extremities. Officers found the Lime scooter broken in half against the curb.
Stoneking was transported to Baylor Hospital, where he died the following afternoon. The cause of death has not yet been released. A spokesperson for Lime said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened” by the incident and was cooperating fully with authorities.
Despite all this, Lime has been actively pursuing new bids in major cities, like San Francisco and Santa Monica, California. The company is currently valued at more than $1 billion, with high-profile companies, like Uber and Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company), investing their dollars. And while it has gathered numerous victories in municipal approval, not all cities or members of the public are bowled over by Lime’s product.
After a competitive bidding process, San Francisco denied Lime a permit to operate in the city, saying the company was not up to its standards for shared scooter programs. Residents of the city had in the past complained of too many discarded scooters, blocked sidewalks, and dangerous riders. In response, Lime said San Francisco had chosen “inexperienced” scooter companies for its city permits at “the expense of the public good.”
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