Young Girl Taken To Hospital After Being Hit By E-Scooter
Police looking for alleged perpetrator
Police are on the hunt for a man who allegedly ploughed into and knocked to the ground an eight-year-old girl with an e-scooter.
The victim, Lily, was left shaken and bloodied when she was hit at around 2pm on Sunday on a pedestrian path near North Coogee dog beach.
It is believed the man stopped to apologise to Lily but then took off.
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Lily was taken to Perth’s Children Hospital with grazes to her face, shoulders, hand, and foot,
Police allege the man was travelling in excess of 40km/h when the girl was hit.
It is not the first time e-scooter safety has made the news with a number of incidents to occur in recent months.
In February, a father-of-three and a 13-year-old boy were both killed when their e-scooters collided with a cyclist and car respectively.
Since January 2021, St John Western Australia revealed to the Sunday Times they had attended more than 250 incidents involving e-scooters.
“Anecdotally the key factors appear to be vehicle collisions, push bike collisions, pedestrian collisions, excess speed, hills, and alcohol."
- St John WA spokesperson
In December, laws were introduced limiting e-scooters speeds to 10km/h on footpaths and under 25km/h on bicycle paths, shared paths, and local roads where the speed limit is under 50km/h.
Children under the age of 16 can only ride motorised scooters with a maximum speed of 10km/h.
Riders on footpaths and shared paths must keep left and give way to pedestrians.
Anyone with information about the identity of the man should contact police on 131 444.
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