26 September 2022

E-scooter rider dies following collision with car

| Claire Fenwicke
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A woman has died after her e-scooter collided with a vehicle in Kambah. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

A woman has died after her e-scooter collided with a station wagon in Kambah.

The 19-year-old had been thrown a “substantial distance” after the crash on the corner of Drakeford Drive and O’Halloran Circuit on Sunday (25 September) afternoon.

Police said she was not wearing a helmet.

She was taken to hospital in a critical condition with serious head and leg injuries, where she later died.

READ MORE ACT equals worst road toll ever after death of 19-year-old e-scooter rider

An investigation into the collision has been launched, with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or captured dash-cam footage of the incident (who has not already spoken to police) has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7226217.

This was the 12th death on Canberra’s roads this year.

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If only there was some sort of dedicated pathway for use by pedestrians to minimise the risk of on-road accidents between a 2-tonne vehicle and 20kg of plastic…

Radical idea – Maybe we need to give e-scooters and bicycles right of way over cars? Otherwise get serious about enforcing helmets and just one person per scooter.

Chris Franklin6:31 pm 26 Sep 22

When will people be accountable for their own actions..?

Just because a tragic accident happened shouldn’t make scooters illegal, should we ban cars every time someone dies in a car accident?

**** happens, people never learn.. and for the rest of humanity, this stuff will happen, unless we wrap ourselves in bubble wrap and wear face masks for the rest of eternity!

Again what difference does it make what they were riding? If a kid on a bicycle flattened a grand mother nobody would be calling for the banning of bicycles but again, another rant from a simple mind! Scooter hits someone, answer, ban the scooter not punish the fool riding it carelessly. It’s that kind of mentality that creates the nanny state we live in and the reason we will never become a society that adopts other forms of transport and rely on cars for everything. Oh sure, one day we might get light rail, probably 10 years from now. Meanwhile Europe have had scooter hire schemes for years while we can’t even trial the scheme in NSW because the transport minister couldn’t be bothered. Australia. The so called progressive nation stuck in the stone ages.

No. NOT another rant from a simple mind. That is the point. We NEVER punish the idiots riding these carelessly. Christ we don’t even punish chronic drink drivers. But no, let’s not ban anything. Wouldn’t want a nanny state. Would much rather the idiots continue inflicting these antics on us all, so we can be seen as progressive. Give me a break.

I ride my bike around LBG every weekend and I often see families of three on the one scooter.

Capital Retro5:33 pm 26 Sep 22

They must be French.

This happened at a lights-controlled intersection (see picture). An offence will have occurred, whether we are talking about drivers, riders or pedestrians.

In that context, the comments below other than sympathy for loss seem a bit strange. Is a major intersection with traffic lights really outside adult experience or expectations?

So, so sad, and the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy from all of us must be with her family and friends. The blame has to be divided between the ACT government, which has done next to nothing to educate and regulate scooters (and I am a Labor man!), and the scooter companies themselves, which – out of a rush to make their fortunes – have not lobbied hard enough to put in place proper training, licensing, and road regulations to keep their money-spinners safe.

They already are regulated! But if you cross a road without looking both ways in front of oncoming 80km/h traffic with no helmet it doesn’t matter if you’re on a scooter, bicycle, skateboard or on foot you’re going to have a very bad day! Yes it’s tragic and avoidable but I’m so sick of hearing everytime someone has an accidental on an e-scooter it’s the e-scooters fault and nothing to do with the circumstances. Yes if you ride a hire scooter drunk you’ll probably hurt yourself as you would a bike or anything with wheels. I don’t hear the calls to ban bicycles every time someone hurts themselves on one and we’ve been riding them for a very very long time with a lot more accidents.

I hate these e-scooters and the politicians that came up with the brain fart idea to introduce them into suburban areas.

Do you hate bicycles too because people die and fall on those every day but I never hear a word of protest as they do on motorbike and cars but let’s not ban any of those, they’re useful as are taxis…….as are scooters for commuting and making short trips at no cost than an almost zero hike in your power bill to charge one up

Capital Retro5:46 pm 26 Sep 22

It’s even cheaper if the electricity used is fossil fuel generated!

panificavixen1:38 pm 26 Sep 22

Rarely do I see scooter users wearing helmets. It’s terrifying. Is this not policed?

such sad news. if this is the same rider that was going in the opposite direction to me at about 2;45 near bonython then she was flying along. i didnt realise the speed those things go and with no helmet too.

we desperately need better safer road infrastructure for vulnerable road users (peds, escooters, bikes) most roads seem to just be made only for cars but with little alternative for anyone else to use making dangerous situations like this far to common.

Capital Retro1:13 pm 26 Sep 22

It’s a bit early to apportion blame on anybody and in case you missed it, the person wasn’t wearing a helmet.

You are obviously suggesting that “vulnerable” road users have rights too but along with rights there is a thing called responsibility.

Wasn’t wearing a helmet !!!

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