Electric scooter rider is killed in crash with a car in Sweden

Electric scooter rider is killed in crash with a car in Sweden just hours after hire scheme is launched, leading to immediate calls for them to be banned

  • The 27-year-old man was riding a rented scooter when a passing car hit him 
  • He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries and died the next day 
  • His death has sparked calls for electric scooters to be banned in Sweden
  • The Swedish Transport Agency said: ‘Unfortunately we’ve been waiting for a serious accident, and it is of course especially tragic when someone dies’

A young man died after being hit by a car while riding an electric scooter just after they were launched in the Swedish city of Helsingborg.

According to Swedish police the 27-year old man was riding a rented scooter in the city centre late Thursday when he was hit by a passing car.

Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his injuries early the next day, police reported.

A young man died after being hit by a car while riding an electric scooter just after they were launched in the Swedish city of Helsingborg. Stock picture

The scooter rental operator VOI, which had only begun renting scooters in the southern Swedish city on Wednesday, confirmed that one had been involved in the accident.

‘We are fully cooperating with police in the ongoing investigation,’ the company said in a statement.

Like elsewhere around the world, electric scooters have quickly become popular in Swedish cities.

They have also stirred controversy – seen both as a traffic hazard and nuisance when users leave them carelessly on pavements.

According to The Local , the A&E department at Malmö University Hospital has noted a regular stream of patients coming in with injuries from electric vehicles. Stock picture 

City officials have struggled with how to handle the trendy mode of transportation that depending on its top speed could be considered either a bicycle or a moped in Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Agency is now calling for a ban on electric scooters.

According to The Local, the A&E department at Malmö University Hospital has noted a regular stream of patients coming in with injuries from electric vehicles. 

Hans Cassepierre, an expert at Sweden’s Transport Agency, told Swedish news agency TT that the dangers of the electric scooters have been apparent for some time.

‘Unfortunately we’ve been waiting for a serious accident, and it is of course especially tragic when someone dies,’ Cassepierre told TT. 

He also warned that the electric vehicles often travel faster than their advertised maximum speed.     

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