E-scooter riders dies following collision with car
News / Tue 14th Jun 2022 pm30 01:21pm
ESSEX Police are now able to confirm an e-scooter rider who was involved in a collision in Harlow on Wednesday 8 June has sadly died.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: ” We were called to Westfield, close to Tendring Road, shortly after 5am on Wednesday 8 June, to reports of a collision involving an e-scooter and a car.
The rider, a 21-year-old man from Harlow, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
“Sadly, he later died. His family have been informed.
“We have investigated the circumstances which led up to the collision and a file is being prepared for the coroner”.
Truly saddened for him & his family. These are not safe, they offer no protection to the user, pedestrians or road users. Nothing is fool proof but most users I've seen don't wear helmets or anything, is it even a requirement? I don't know much about the rules & regulations where these are concerned. Such a tragic waste of a young man's life.
To be honest I think this news will become more frequent. Today I was nearly hit by one whilst walking my dog, then later on another one pulled out of a side road straight in front of the car. It seems most of the riders seem to think that they are invincible whilst using one, and anyone in their way is at risk.
So many being riden round town centre today even saw one being walked around Harvey centre last week they are so quiet often coming from behind then swerving in front of you. They are a danger and a menace
Instead of moaning about the E scooters maybe have a bit of respect for the young lad and the family of the young lad, just because you read a story and see the people using them wrong doesn’t mean this young lad was. You want to be ashamed of yourselves. The lads family may see your comments. Show some flipping respect!!!
I didn't realise there was a right way to use them.
HT , it's really sad to see a life lost in those circumstances but the law is very clear on private e scooters, they are only to ridden on private land and not on a public road/pavement and I'm afraid this was an accident waiting to happen, I've seen many young kids riding these things around harlow and sometimes 2 on a scooter as well, something really needs to be done before another person is injured or killed.
Some of the riders have no respect for pedestrians, often riding at speed through harlow town centre, even while scrolling on mobile phones, they are a total menace, condolences to this young man and his family but not surprising, they need to be banned, unfortunately more casualties will follow.
Very sad when any young person dies. But if e-scooters were policed better and the public made more aware of the laws then this may not have happened. I did notice there is an article today on “your Harlow” about the police closing roads in town to prevent a “car meet” to protect the public from the obvious risk from these meets. Maybe they should police e- scooters the same way now people are getting injured or dying. It would only take a police car patrolling the town for w few weeks to get the message across. Maybe they could also contact the local schools to get the message across that e-scooters are illegal for a reason. Remember if e-scooters were policed correctly then this family would probably not be grieving for a loved one.
Solicitors fear accidents involving E-scooters could surge following an impending law change. Transport Secretary Grant Sharps has hinted that privately-owned E-scooters may soon be made legal on roads.,
HT : would be better to legislate to ensure insurance, licences, limit the speed, confine to cycleways, insist on helmets, gloves, knee and elbow protection: or at least a proficiency test! They a way of cutting traffic, reducing pollution and congestion and getting around where public transport is too scarce and far too expensive.
my heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man . so very tragic and sad . I do agree with some of the comments about E- scooters some people just don't take care on them . there is a man that rides one with his child on the front to take her to school also one that rides in the road while his dog trots along beside. there does not appear to be any rules for them to follow or if there are they just break them .
This is sad news, there are too many poor drivers in harlow, the town is so small may as well use a bike or e-scooter, my heart goes out to his family and I hope the driver gets time in prison for careless driving and not acknowledging the surroundings.
Sad news condolences to his family, whatever why's,fors, etc, he was someone's child 🕯️
Well most of the comments are blaming the scooter rider? What about the car driver? Maybe he was driving erratically ?
The fundamental problem with e-scooters whether made legal or not, ie the size of the wheels( small wheels are less stable than large wheels). Wheels that small are dangerous, and this is compounded by the state of our byways.
Unfortunately, these things are the preserve of naive idiots who are old enough to know better and shouldn't be using them as toys and the local lowlife drug dealers. They are illegal for use on public roads and byways and should be banned from sale. They are bad enough limited to 15 mph but can be chipped to do 70 mph. Add in the fact people on them are looking at phones or listening to music through headphones and they are a disaster waiting to unfold.
That's one less to crush. The police need to stop and seize them instead of turning a blind eye, Oh no not more paperwork
Very sad for the young man who died and a great loss to his family. According to comments on Facebook, the young man’s scooter got knocked out by a pothole and he smashed into a parked car. Dreadful way to die. Pity these E-scooters can’t be taken off the road really, because they will always be mis-used and as other people have said, some people don’t take personal responsibility and precautions when riding them. I have seen enough of them whizzing past my house to know how potentially dangerous they are likely to be. Also, about time the Council, or Highways, whoever is responsible for fixing the roads, filled in a few potholes!
So sad a young life has been taken. Put your hate for escooters to one side. This could easily be a child on a bike. The roads are in such a bad state. Essex highways should be ashamed
Cannot believe majority of these heartless comments . Someone lost their life for goodness sake !! ‘ these are dangerous ‘ like HT said what about car drivers, motorcyclists , cyclists and NOT forgetting mobility scooters . Mobility scooter drivers have NO respect for anyone , tbh it’s a miracle that these ‘drivers ‘ have not killed a number of people the way they drive them So whilst you’re all writing such horrid comments think on about other vehicles , whatever they are R. I. P young man , heartfelt thoughts to his family and friends
I'm confused, why is a motorist getting the blame for this young man's death when allegedly the e scooter crashed into a parked cat after hitting a pothole, the guy in question on a e scooter with a child on it as well was in the middle of traffic outside stewards yesterday, pure madness, if that child fell off the scooter the chances of serious injury are very high.
I was lead to believe by a neighbour that the e scooter hit a pot hole and collided with a parked car … Apologies if this is incorrect I live along this street