Girl (14) dies riding her e-scooter when hit by van on East London Street
- A 14-year-old girl was killed in a collision with an e-scooter in East London on Monday
- A van has collided with the e-scooter, which has been banned from public roads
- The driver of the van is with the police, but he has not been arrested
A girl, believed to be 14, died after her e-scooter collided with a van on Monday afternoon, police said.
The Met said officers were called to reports of the crash on Green Street in Newham, east London, around 1.35pm.
Ambulance staff from the London Ambulance Service attended and treated the girl, but she died of her injuries, police said.
A young girl was killed while riding her e-scooter in East London when a van hit her
Officers are investigating the incident and the driver of the van is with the police, but he has not been arrested.
There are road closures in Green Street, police added.
The government is considering legalizing e-scooters to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
Private e-scooters are currently not allowed on public roads, sidewalks and bike paths, but rental trials have taken place in cities across the country.
E-scooters are legal to drive if they are part of a pilot project, of which there have been 60 so far. Newham does not currently have an e-scooter pilot project.
Newham Council said in May 2021, while it initially “showed interest” in setting up a trial, it found “no identified funds or budget available” to set up a scheme.
“Therefore, there are no immediate plans for the council to participate in such trials until the costs of participation can be fully identified and funded,” the council said in response to a request for freedom of information on May 4, 2021.
In the year to June 2021, there were 882 e-scooter accidents, resulting in 931 casualties and three deaths
In the year to June 2021, there were 882 accidents involving e-scooters, resulting in 931 casualties and three deaths.
The problem is worst in London, where 258 crashes occurred in the first six months of 2021, dwarfing the nine recorded in all of 2018.
The Metropolitan Police seized more than 3,600 e-scooters that had been used illegally last year.
The vehicles raised concerns amid a host of alleged technical failures, with national headlines following fires last year.
At the end of October, there were approximately 22,644 rental scooters on the road with 31 active pilots.
In London, active trials are underway in Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth – though only in the north of the borough – Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, some parts of Tower Hamlets, Westminster and the City of London.