If you live in a major city or make your home on or nearby a college campus, chances are good you’ve seen the electric scooters popping up everywhere. Companies like Lime and Bird have cashed in on the scooter rental market, charging people to rent their electric scooters to zip around town. For an initial fee and then a per-minute charge, a person can rent the scooter. When they’ve reached their destination, they simply leave the scooter there. The user agreement advises people to wear a helmet while riding the scooter but does not provide a helmet with the scooter, leaving riders to provide their own or go without.
Fox 5 San Diego reports on a Woodstock man vacationing in California who was killed after hitting a tree while riding an electric scooter.
Police say that Woodstock, Georgia resident Christopher Conti was in San Diego for the IHRSA fitness convention, which ran from March 13th to 15th. Conti was the president of Innovative Solutions, Inc., a fitness company.
On Wednesday, March 13th Conti was riding northbound on the west sidewalk of 10th Avenue when he lost control of the electric scooter while attempting a left turn on B Street. He collided with a tree, where he sustained traumatic head injuries. He was rushed to the hospital. At the time of the incident, Conti was not wearing a helmet.
Conti succumbed to his injuries on March 15th.
This is the first known scooter fatality for San Diego, but the second nationwide. In late December, Esteban Galindo was riding a scooter in Chula Vista when he was hit by a car and killed. Galindo was also not wearing a helmet.
Both Conti and Galindo had rented the scooter from Bird.
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