A man in Washington DC has died after the electric rental scooter he was riding collided with a car, in what may be the second such death in the nation.
The victim became trapped under an SUV in the tragedy during rainy weather at the trendy Dupont Circle area.
Rescue workers were able to free the man from under the vehicle, but he later died of his injuries.
It is unclear whether the victim was wearing a helmet or any safety gear as he rode the Lime brand scooter.
A spokesman for Lime told BBC News that the San Francisco-based company is “deeply saddened” by the death and that “our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones”.
“We have offered our full support to local authorities in connection with the investigation.”
Earlier this month, a 24-year-old Dallas man died after falling off a Lime electric scooter and severely injuring his head, according to authorities. The man’s family, however, believe his injuries and the condition of the scooter are suggestive of a hit-and-run. Emergency room doctors in several cities told the Washington Post that they saw spikes in electric scooter accidents, sometimes resulting in severe injuries.
E-scooter use is on the rise, with both Lime and its L.A.-based rival Bird, announcing this week that their customers have now taken north of 10 million rides. At the same time, city after city has deemed their use on sidewalks illegal out of fear that fast-moving riders will collide with and injure pedestrians. That leaves riders sharing city streets with the same types of giant, exhaust-spewing machines that they hope to increasingly displace. In fact, sales of traditional SUVs has continued to surge, thanks in part to low unemployment, high consumer confidence, and Americans’ enduring love with gigantic vehicles.