A man has been arrested after a fatal e-scooter accident that killed a 16-year-old
A man has been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding an e-scooter.
Officers were called to Southboro Lane, Bromley, in the early hours of Sunday after reports of a collision between a car and an e-scooter.
The Metropolitan Police attended with members of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and found the young man riding the scooter seriously injured.
He was taken to a central London hospital where he later died.
The Met said his closest relatives have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
The car, a red Fiat Punto, did not stop at the scene but was discovered later Sunday morning in nearby Southwood Close.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of the collision, causing death by dangerous driving and submitting a positive alcohol breath test.
He was taken to custody where he remains.
Officers are also investigating the disappearance of an e-scooter that was being tripped at the time of the accident, which is believed to have been stolen from the scene.
The Met said they were eager to speak with passengers of a dark-colored sliding-door people carrier, which was seen in the area.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, removed an e-scooter, or saw a red Fiat Punto in the area around 1.20 a.m., were urged to call police at 0208285 1574, providing reference 775/18JUL.
Information can also be submitted to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
It comes about a week after the government came under fire over private e-scooters with critics suggesting the roads have become a “wild West of chaos” since they were allowed.
Ministers encouraged the “de facto legalization” of electrical devices, which has led to a situation where “cyclists will terrorize pedestrians”, Parliament was told.
The Conservative Party administration has faced a barrage of criticism in the House of Lords over the spread of e-scooters, which has raised safety concerns and allegations that police are “turning a blind eye”.
While e-scooters are free to purchase and a familiar sight on roads and sidewalks, e-scooters cannot be used legally in the UK except on private land.
Currently only rental scooters are allowed as part of official government trials across the country and are not allowed on sidewalks.
Pressing the issue in Westminster, Liberal Democrat MP Baroness Ludford said: “This government claims to be the law and order party, and they certainly often talk about crackdowns, but when it comes to e-scooters, they have allowed, and even encouraged, actual legalization Without the necessary legislation to protect riders and the public.
“This has caused problems to spiral out of control in the Chaos Wild West, with riders terrorizing pedestrians, especially those with disabilities and low vision.
“The government has also failed to regulate the sale and use of private products, which may number in the hundreds of thousands. Why does this government refuse to work on e-scooters and keep people safe?”