Scooter hit-and-run triggers battle over rider location data

CNET | 7/8/2019 | Dara Kerr
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Scooters and bicycles now share city streets, but not everyone follows the rules of the road.

Electric scooters have been on the streets in Chicago for just three weeks and they already appear to be causing a disruption. One such incident involves a cyclist who ended up in the emergency room trauma unit after being hit head-on by a scooter rider.

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Allyson Medeiros was riding his bike home from work in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood at around 5:30 p.m. on June 20, according to his lawyers. He was riding with the flow of traffic in the bike lane when a scooter rider -- going the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road -- crashed into him. The scooter rider fled. But Medeiros was rushed to the hospital with multiple breaks to his jaw, nose, orbit and palate and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches. He had to have multiple surgeries.

Now Medeiros' lawyers are asking both the city of Chicago and the 10 scooter companies operating there to turn over real-time location data for all the scooters in the area at the time of the crash. Their hope is to identify the hit-and-run scooter rider.

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"We're here today because a coward left Allyson battered and bloody in the middle of the street," Bryant Greening, Medeiros' attorney from law firm LegalRideShare, said in a statement. "And by remaining silent, the responsible scooter company allows that coward to hide in the shadows."

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Electric scooters, which have become available in around 100 US cities over the last year, are responsible for as many as 1,000 accidents per month. Riders have ended up in the emergency room after discovering their brakes didn't work or speeding into oncoming traffic. At least 10 people have been killed in...
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