EVcrash: ice hit&run injured 2 Nashville-TN e-scooter women

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EVcrash: ice hit&run injured 2 Nashville-TN e-scooter women

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https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/05/14/women-electric-scooters-injured-downtown-nashville-hit-and-run-crash/606639002/
Search continues for car that critically injured 2 women riding scooters in
downtown Nashville
May 14, 2018  Natalie Neysa Alund

[video  flash  
https://www.tennessean.com/videos/money/2018/05/09/bird-scooter-lower-broadway/594711002/
Bird scooter on Lower Broadway
A scooter from Bird, the ride sharing electric scooter service, found on
Lower Broadway. Nashville has sent the company a cease and desist citing
obstruction of roadways The Tennessean
Tennessean Opinion and Engagement Editor David Plazas rides a scooter with a
helmet and on the streets of Nashville. David Plazas, USA TODAY NETWORK —
Tennessee
]

A scooter from Bird, the ride sharing electric scooter service, found on
Lower Broadway. Nashville has sent the company a cease and desist citing
obstruction of roadways The Tennessean

Metro police are searching for a hit-and-run driver that struck and
critically injured two East Tennessee women riding electric scooters in
downtown Nashville Sunday.

The crash took place at 5:25 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Avenue North
and Union Streets just several blocks north of Lower Broadway.

The women, identified as Lindsey Cowan, 28, of Knoxville, and Rachel
Johnson, 27, of Oak Ridge, were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical
Center to be treated for major injuries. Neither rider wore a helmet, police
said.

Police said a Lexus sedan, either an ES330 or ES300 model struck the women,
and sustained front-end damage.

According to a preliminary investigation, the scooters were traveling north
on 5th Avenue North while the Lexus was traveling west on Union Street. The
car struck the scooters in the intersection and continued traveling west on
Union Street.

Police said there are conflicting reports as to whether the Lexus or the
scooters had the red light.

The vehicle's bumper remained at the scene after the crash and yellow police
tape also blocked off a portion of Union Street for several hours Sunday
while police conducted their investigation.

At the time of the crash the women were riding Bird scooters. The ride
sharing electric scooter service launched last week in Nashville.

Shortly after the launch, Metro issued a cease-and-desist letter to the
company's government relations director telling the company to keep scooters
off sidewalks and other Metro rights-of-way until a regulatory or
legislative framework is in place, according to a notice dated May 8.

The company has until next week to remove the scooters or Metro will,
according to the letter.

Following the crash, Bird spokesman Kenneth Baer released this statement:

"Our hearts go out to those impacted by the car accident today in Nashville
in which two Bird riders were injured. According to published news reports,
the riders were crossing a crosswalk while a motorist ran a red light,
struck the riders, and fled the scene. Rider safety is a top priority at
Bird, and we will work closely with law enforcement on the investigation."

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at
615-742-7463.
[© tennessean.com]




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