A SCHOOLGIRL is reportedly the youngest e-scooter rider to be killed in the UK yesterday after a van crash in London.
An off-duty doctor on his way to work at St Bartholomew’s Hospital has spoken of his desperate attempts to save the boy as the horror unfolded in East Ham.
The girl, believed to be 14, suffered “catastrophic head injuries” in the 1.55pm collision in Newham.
The paramedic said he turned after hearing a “loud bang” behind him.
“She was wearing a hoodie that covered her face, but it was quite a graphic scene,” he told the Times.
“She had catastrophic head injuries and I started CPR immediately.”
Although she tried to revive the girl for about 10 minutes before an ambulance arrived, she died at the scene.
There is “no evidence” that the boy is wearing a helmet, he said.
“Obviously this is a tragedy, but e-scooter legislation is long overdue,” he said.
“It’s been around for several years and this delay could cost lives.”
Police urge you to come forward with any information.
Met officials said yesterday the girl’s family had been notified of the tragedy.
They are assisted by specially trained officials.
The driver of the van was approached by police but not arrested.
The inquiries continue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD3212/21Mar.
Nine E-scooter drivers died in accidents last yeara report found in December.
It used to be believed that this is the youngest to die Junior Shay AlexanderR
The 16-year-old died in Bromley, south-east London, when his e-scooter crashed into a car last July.
A three-year-old girl also suffered life-changing injuries when she was hit by a scooter at Myatt’s Field Park, Lambeth, the same month.
There have now been at least 300 device-related casualties – most of them from falls or impacts with stationary objects rather than collisions with moving vehicles.
The report of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport Safety charity after 50 municipalities launched e-scooter rental trials in 2020.
hospitals Bristol In May and June alone, 90 patients with e-scooter-related injuries were treated.
One in five had head injuries.
Eight people were treated for serious head injuries at the Royal London Hospital from January to August.
Advisor Caroline Leech said: “Improving the safety of e-scooters is a priority to reduce the number and severity of injuries.”
The report was compiled using data from the Department of Transportation, hospital audits and media reports.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18021260/schoolgirl-killed-e-scooter-hit-van-east-london/ The 14-year-old girl is “the youngest e-scooter rider to be killed in the UK” after a van crashed in London, as doctors recount a struggle to save her