The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that the driver of a CobbLinc bus will not face charges after running over a scooter driver.
On July 17th, 37-year-old William Alexander was taking a Bird scooter home from the Atlanta United game. Near the Arts Center MARTA station, he was struck and killed by a CobbLinc bus. Alexander became trapped underneath the bus and succumbed to his injuries before rescue personnel could free him.
Surveillance footage from the MARTA station did not show the moment of impact. However, after viewing additional footage and interviewing witnesses, police were able to determine that the driver of the bus was not at fault.
Police determined that Alexander was traveling beside the CobbLinc bus when he fell from the scooter and under the right rear tires of the bus, where he suffered from fatal injuries.
This is the second death involving an e-scooter rider being hit by a motorist in Atlanta. The first occurred on May 17th near a MARTA station.
Electric scooters and motorized pedal bicycles have become popular ways to get around town, especially when there’s not far to go. The process is simple: a rider simply scans the scooter or bicycle with a smartphone app and off they go. They’re charged $1 initially and then a per-minute rate for as long as they’re using the rental scooter or bicycle.
The downside is that the rental companies like Lime, Bird, Uber, and Lyft do not provide helmets for riders. Also, hidden in the user agreement that most renters do not bother reading is legal language that absolves companies of responsibility for injuries that riders and pedestrians may obtain.
If you’ve been injured in any sort of vehicle accident, contact The Strong Arm today for a free consultation.