Kentucky man riding electric scooter hit, killed in crash

November 6, 2019 GMT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man was fatally struck by a car while riding an electric scooter, less than a month after they were introduced to the city of Lexington.

News outlets report 35-year-old Timothy Ryan Freeman was hit by several cars Monday after he lost control of a Lime scooter and fell into oncoming traffic. He died before making it to the emergency room.

Lexington police Lt. Andrew Daugherty says Freeman was riding in the bike lane. Investigators believe Freeman was properly operating the scooter.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office ruled Freeman’s death accidental.

Freeman’s cousin Jessica Fakhreddine told WLEX-TV that she hopes the scooters get banned. Fakhreddine lives in San Antonio, Texas and said she always thought the scooters were dangerous.

Lime says they will assist in the investigation.