Rise of the E-Scooters: First Fatality Reported
A collision between a car and an e-scooter claims the life of visiting 26-year-old Montana man.
Denver has seen 51 reported incidents involving e-scooters between May 25, 2018, and August 6, 2019—24 of those involved motor vehicles and two involved serious bodily injuries, while the other 27 were non-traffic (no cars or other motor vehicles involved). Injures from the accidents range from broken bones to severe traumatic brain injury, permanent disabilities resulting from crashes, and now: death.
The accident last Sunday happened on the 2800 block of West 32nd Avenue and the scooter rider was not wearing the required helmet, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD). Cameron D. Hagan from Billings, Montana, was determined to cross traffic and traveled directly into the path of a white Honda, resulting in the tragic accident. Hagan was riding a Lyft “stand-up rental e-scooter” and was determined to be at fault for the accident. He was then transported to Denver Health Medical Center.
However, on August 12, the DPD announced that Hagan had been pronounced dead and that no charges would be filed in the crash.
Denver Public Works wants to ban scooters from sidewalks completely and officially asked the city council to do so at a recent city council committee meeting, showcasing the ever-growing problem this mode of transportation has for city officials.
Public Works did a study and found that after observing 1,560 scooter riders at four popular locations across Denver that e-scooter riders prefer bike lanes, and when there are no bike lanes, they found that 82 percent of riders chose to use the sidewalk. The recent request cited safety as the main concern, specifically on public sidewalks, for the elderly, those with disabilities, and children.
On Monday evening, a public debate was held to address the e-scooters. The debate had been scheduled prior to the announcement of Hagan’s death, but in light of the tragedy, most of the night focused around the safety concerns.
Now that there is a death associated with the e-scooter services in Denver, we are curious to see if changes and further safety precautions are put in place. Our deepest sympathies go out to Cameron Hagan’s family and friends.