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Woman riding electric scooter hit by car, killed in downtown Cleveland

August 19, 2018

Woman riding electric scooter hit by car, killed in downtown Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A 21-year-old woman died late Saturday after she was hit by a car while riding an electric scooter in downtown Cleveland.

The crash happened about 10 p.m. on East 9th Street near St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said. A Chevy Cruz driven by a 19-year-old man was driving south on East 9th Street when he struck the woman on the scooter from behind.

The woman was thrown from the scooter and fell onto the road, Ciaccia said. She was taken to MetroHealth, where she died.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has not publicly identified the crash victim. Her identity will be released pending family notification.

The 19-year-old man was taken to St. Vincent Charity Hospital for evaluation, but he was released and booked into county jail. He is facing an aggravated vehicular homicide charge, Ciaccia said.

The Chevy Cruz’s driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, Ciaccia said.   

Cleveland police could not say whether the scooter the woman was driving was one of the Bird scooters placed around town about one week ago.

A few hours after about 100 Bird electric scooters were placed downtown Aug. 10, the city of Cleveland asked that the company remove the scooters from public sidewalks.

“We have seen these scooters parked unattended on the sidewalks of the City,” the City said in its statement. “Please be aware that Bird Rides, its agents, or customers, are not permitted to place property on the sidewalks of the City without obtaining a permit.”

The scooters have been known to cause injuries to their riders in 32 other American cities where they’ve appeared over the past year.

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