SANTA MONICA—A woman was hospitalized Tuesday, January 9 after suffering an accident on her motorized scooter sustained when she collided with another vehicle.
Authorities were called to the intersection of Idaho and 6th Street Tuesday after receiving reports of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported. The victim was riding a Bird brand motorized scooter at the time of the accident. She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to a local hospital. She reportedly suffered from moderate head trauma but was in stable condition.
The Santa Monica Police Department reported that the woman rode the scooter through a stop sign with stopping on Idaho and collided with a vehicle moving through the intersection coming northbound on 6th Street. Police assert the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was fully cooperative.
Bird Rides, Inc. is an electric scooter ride-sharing company that rents out its fleet of motorized scooters to users throughout West Los Angeles. The vehicles are capable of travelling up to 15 miles per hour. The company has been operating since September. In December, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Bird Rides, Inc., alleging that the venture violated numerous ordinances by operating without a business license. The company has denied the allegations, maintaining that it retains all the necessary paperwork.
Motorized scooter operators in Santa Monica are required by law to have a Class C License and wear a bicycle helmet during use. California Vehicle Code stipulates motorized scooters as any “two-wheeled device with handlebars and a floorboard designed to be stood upon when riding and is powered by an electric motor.”