Woman on E-Scooter Tragically Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA, GA. – According to a news report posted online at ajc.com, a woman riding on an electric scooter was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident that happened in Atlanta, Georgia. The accident has renewed some community members’ concerns about the safety of e-scooters and their presence in the city.*
The accident occurred in July while a 34-year-old woman from Alabama and her husband were taking a trip in Atlanta. The two reportedly had been to a comedy club that night and decided to ride e-scooters back to their hotel.
The husband said that the two had never ridden on the scooters before, and his wife was riding about 50 feet ahead of him. He said they were riding on the sidewalks at first, and pedestrians told them they needed to be in the street, so they moved over into the roadway.
Somewhere along 14th Street, a vehicle struck the woman’s scooter, and the driver kept driving. The husband said he caught up to his wife and did not know what had happened until witnesses told him she had been hit by a vehicle. Emergency responders took the woman to a hospital for treatment.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the woman tragically died from her injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital. She was the mother of a 2-year-old girl and a 9-month-old boy.
No description of the car or the driver was included in the report. The Atlanta Police Department is reportedly still searching for a suspect and has not made any arrests.
The woman’s tragic death is the third to happen in Atlanta in 2019 involving electric scooters. After two of the fatal accidents, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms instituted a temporary ban on new permits for e-scooters in the city. The city council has been discussing adding regulations to the vehicles.
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