No doubt since the Scooter Boom of 2008, scooterists all over the World are still getting hurt, and sometimes killed in scooter-related accidents. Here, we have tried to present and analyze each case as a learning experience, so that we who ride scooters on a daily basis could be mindful that not only do we not “own the road”, we must do our best at all times to protect ourselves first, and steer clear of all potential dangers out there, most recently the alarming presence of distracted motorists who text-and-drive on our public roads.
In the future, if specific cases do come to our attention, and there are life-saving lessons to be learned, you could be sure that we will bring them to you. In the meantime, keep up the diligence and clear minds, pay attention to safety details before and during rides. Let’s try to keep the rubber-side down, have a calm, pleasant ride and arrive safely home. Thank you!_Lorenzo
(December 17, 2008–Tucson, Arizona) “Henry J. Wright, 66, died in a scooter crash Dec. 17, a Tucson police spokeswoman said. Wright, of Tucson, had been riding a 2003 Aprila Atlantic Scooter west on Broadway around 12:30 p.m. when he lost control, Officer Linda Galindo said.”
Related news article: tucsoncitizen.com/
(August 31, 2008-Berlin, Maryland) “John K. Dersch, 40, of Ocean City, had been driving a motor scooter on eastbound Route 50 near Holly Grove Rd. with a passenger later identified as Dennis Ray King…The investigation further revealed the motor scooter struck a concrete curb at Holly Grove Rd., ejecting Dersch and King from the vehicle and landing them in the eastbound lanes of Route 50. A vehicle driven by Isreal Green, 58, of Berlin, was heading east on Route 50 at about the same time the scooter hit the curb, striking Dersch when he came to rest in the slow lane of the highway.”
(May 12, 2006–Salisbury, North Carolina) Michael Jason Brown, 27, of China Grove, was riding his scooter toward Salisbury on US-52 when he was struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Eric Taylor. A Rowan County grand jury indicted Taylor on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felonious hit and run/failure to remain at the scene of the May 12 (2006) accident where Brown died. “Taylor did not stop and render aid, nor did he or his passengers call anyone for help,” the press release from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said.
Related news article: slspublish.bits.baseview.com/ , Sorrowful 3 get probation in scooter driver’s death
(September 26, 2007–Tampa, Florida) “Sixteen-year-old John Holland Jr. was driving north on Countryway in a 2005 Nissan 350-Z when he lost control, veered and struck a man headed south on a scooter, sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said…authorities identified the motorbike driver as Robert Jeff Baughman, 49…”
(August 7, 2008–Turin, Italy) “Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Italian design and contract manufacturer Pininfarina, died Thursday morning in a road accident near Turin. Pininfarina, 51, died after a car collided with the Vespa scooter he was riding to the company’s design and r&d center in Cambiano…The driver of the car, 78-year-old Giuliano Salmi, was taken to hospital suffering from shock. ‘I didn’t see him, I was going slowly and I really didn’t see him,’ Salmi said, according to local news agency Ansa.”