A Revel scooter operator ran down and killed an Higher West Facet senior final month, police revealed on Wednesday.
In response to the NYPD, Helga Schnitker, 82, was crossing W. sixtieth Avenue on the harmful intersection with Broadway at round 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 when she was slammed into by the 23-year-old electrical bike rider, whose title was not launched.
The crash knocked Schnitker all the way down to the pavement, leaving her with head trauma. EMTs took her to Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital the place she died later that day, police solely simply now stated.
The Revel operator remained on the scene and was not initially charged. A police spokesman didn’t say if the moped operator was dashing or ran a pink mild, saying solely that the investigation is ongoing.
It’s the newest deadly crash involving a Revel machine — and it’s believed to be the primary since late July, when the moped firm pulled all its e-motorbikes from the streets after three deaths, all of which concerned operators or passengers on the Revel moped itself. CBS2 reporter Nina Kapur died whereas she was a passenger on a Revel on July 18. A couple of days later, Jeremy Malave died after he crashed his Revel into a lightweight pole in Queens. A 3rd man, Francis Nunez, had crashed a Revel on July 25, however didn’t die till Aug. 4.
On the time, Mayor de Blasio derided Revel as a “new expertise” that had confirmed it may very well be secure (although the mayor dodged questions on why he was not equally troubled by the previous expertise of vehicles, whose drivers kill tons of yearly and injure tens of hundreds).
After a city-imposed suspension, Revel returned in late August with a brand new set of security necessities for the entire firm’s 360,000 subscribers.
The dying of Helga Schnitker is the newest fatality in a bloody, bloody yr. Regardless of historic reductions in automobile site visitors within the metropolis throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, 192 folks have been killed to this point on New York Metropolis roadways this yr, up from 176 throughout the identical Jan. 1 to Oct. 20 interval final yr. The rise is almost entirely due to a rise in deaths of motor vehicle and motorcycle operators and passengers throughout the COVID period, when wide-open roadways inspired many drivers to hurry. Crashes at excessive speeds are typically much more deadly.
Revel issued the next assertion:
Electrical moped sharing is an more and more vital a part of New York’s transportation ecosystem, particularly as COVID-19 has created an actual want for socially-distant modes. Revel ought to face the identical consideration for the way it works on the streets as another a part of the transportation system — industrial vans, livery, drivers of personal autos and extra. Our condolences are in fact with the household of the particular person misplaced final month. As an organization born and bred in New York, we care deeply concerning the metropolis and its folks. That’s why we’re working so arduous to make New York’s streets work higher for the entire metropolis and why we’ve launched industry-leading security protocols throughout all seven of Revel’s markets.
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