An electric scooter rider was hit by a car Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Fountain Ave and Fairfax Ave. The incident occurred on the northwest corner of the intersection at roughly 4:30 p.m.
A short video clip submitted to WEHO TIMES shows a person on the ground appearing to be in pain while a woman is on the phone. She appears to be calling for assistance from first responders. A lime scooter can be seen wedged underneath a Toyota vehicle. It appears the woman assisting the person on the ground is the driver of the vehicle that hit the scooter.
Details on the incident are limited at this time. Information on the extent of the injuries to the scooter rider are also not yet known.
This story will update when more information is available.
In late October, 24-year-old Tommy Sanchez was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding an electric scooter in Hollywood. He was struck by a driver early morning on Western Avenue. The collision occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m. as the victim was crossing the street, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, reported the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to LAPD, Tommy was riding a Lime electric scooter at the time. He was knocked off of it after being hit. The driver did not stop to help, and was last seen fleeing northbound on Western Avenue.
Tommy had recently celebrated his birthday, according to his father, Javier Sanchez. He had just moved into a place of his own and his dreams were to buy a car and go to college said his father.
Firefighter-paramedics transported Tommy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Driversed.com suggests the following safety tips when sharing the road with electric scooter:
1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
When driving near electric scooters, remain alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for scooter riders and anticipate their movements. Depending on where you are, you may find e-scooters on the local roads, on the sidewalks, or even on the freeway. By scanning your environment and avoiding distractions, you can reduce the risk of colliding with a scooter.
2. Know and Follow Local Laws
Familiarize yourself with the specific traffic laws and regulations concerning electric scooters in your area. Understanding speed limits, designated scooter lanes, and other rules can help you responsibly share the road.
In some states, e-scooters are essentially unregulated. There’s a good chance you may come across inexperienced riders who could behave erratically, so keep a sharp eye out for them and give them extra space.
3. Use Your Turn Signals
Using your turn signals is essential when driving near electric scooters. Signaling your intentions early provides clarity to scooter riders and other drivers, allowing them to anticipate your actions. By incorporating this habit into your driving routine, you can enhance communication on the road and reduce the likelihood of collisions.
4. Check Your Blind Spots
Always be mindful of your blind spots, especially when sharing the road with electric scooters. Due to their size, scooters can be less visible in certain areas. Regularly check your mirrors and make shoulder checks to ensure no scooters are in your blind spots before making any maneuvers.
5. Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Maintaining a safe following distance behind electric scooters is crucial for everyone’s safety. Avoid tailgating to minimize the risk of rear-end collisions and leave more space than you think you need. This will allow for plenty of reaction time in case the scooter needs to suddenly stop or swerve.
6. Be Patient and Share the Road
When sharing the road with e-scooters, patience and consideration are vital. Scooters can’t go as fast as cars, and they may have limitations maneuvering tight intersections. While this may be frustrating, good drivers understand the need to allow everyone on the road the space and time necessary to navigate safely.
7. Be Careful When Opening Car Doors
Before opening your car door, check your surroundings to make sure there are no approaching scooters. Electric scooters are quiet and can easily go unnoticed. This can make them particularly vulnerable to collisions with an opening door. Remember that in some areas, it’s acceptable to ride scooters on sidewalks, so make sure your passengers use extra care as well.