Cobb County Transit Bus Driver will not Face Charges following Fatal E-Scooter Accident
COBB COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, a Cobb County bus driver will not face criminal charges following a fatal collision with an e-scooter rider.*
The s-scooter rider, aged 37, was driving a Bird e-scooter home from an Atlanta United game when he was struck by a CobbLinc bus close to the Arts Center MARTA station. As a result of the accident, the rider was run over and became trapped underneath the bus. He was not able to be saved and died before emergency personnel could free him.
It was not initially clear as to whether the rider was on his e-scooter at the time of the crash. Surveillance video footage did not capture the moment of impact. Investigators were able to determine, after reviewing additional video footage and talking with witnesses, that the bus driver was not at fault for causing the accident, per a police spokesperson.
“The investigation has concluded that the scooter rider, [a male], was traveling by the Cobb County transit bus when he fell off the scooter and under the right rear tires of the bus, where he suffered fatal injuries,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Per the police report released earlier this week, the bus was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 15thand West Peachtree streets. When the light turned to green, the driver was intending to turn right onto 15thStreet. The rider exited the sidewalk on West Peachtree Street and went into the road at a high rate of speed. He ran into the side of the bus as it was turning right and became pinned between the bus and construction barriers, according to the police report. Tragically, the rider was run over by the bus and trapped underneath it, causing him to die at the scene of the accident.
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