Boy spared after causing death of 71-year-old while riding e-scooter
Boy, 14, is spared custody after causing death of 71-year-old he collided with on pavement while riding his e-scooter at 20mph
- The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named, caused death of Linda Davis, 71
- He has been spared custody and given a 12-month referral order and driving ban
A 14-year-old electric scooter rider who caused the death of a pensioner in a pavement collision walked free from court yesterday.
A District Judge heard how the youth was travelling at around 20mph on the privately-owned scooter when he hit Linda Davis, causing a fatal head injury.
The court heard the 71-year-old had stepped on to the pavement from behind a parked van, with the boy unable to see her until it was too late.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stayed at the scene and dialled 999, prosecutors told Nottingham Youth Court.
A District Judge heard how the youth was travelling at around 20mph on the privately-owned scooter when he hit Linda Davis (pictured), causing a fatal head injury
The court heard the 71-year-old had stepped on to the pavement from behind a parked van, with the boy unable to see her until it was too late. Pictured: An e-scooter like the one used by the boy
Mrs Davis, known as Lou, died six days after the collision in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, last June.
Kelly Shooter, prosecuting, said: ‘According to a witness, Mrs Davis stepped out from behind a Ford Transit van into (the boy’s) path.
‘It is likely that Mrs Davis, as she walked behind it, would not have been able to be seen’.
While the speed of the collision could not be confirmed, the boy said at the scene that he was travelling at around 20mph and that he was ‘sorry’.
In a statement, Mrs Davis’ daughter, Rebecca Williams, said that her mother was ‘a very youthful, lively and amazing nan’ who was a ‘vibrant soul that loved life and family fiercely’.
She said: ‘To watch your children watch someone they love die is a pain I would not wish on anyone.
‘My heart was broken and I never expected to lose my mum in such a devastating way.
‘Each time that my nine-year-old bumps his head, he is scared he is going to die.
‘We will never forget the pain that he caused that day.’
She was rushed to hospital but died six days after the collision in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire. Pictured: Southwell Road East, where the collision happened
She urged riders to familiarise themselves with the law around privately-owned scooters, and ‘the harm they can cause if they are ridden illegally or in a dangerous or anti-social manner.’
Currently, the law states e-scooters can only be used on public roads if rented as part of a government-backed trial scheme, while the privately-owned types can only be used on private land.
Mrs Davis is believed to be the first pedestrian to die in an e-scooter collision in the UK.
District Judge Leo Pyle handed the boy a 12-month referral order and disqualified him from driving for five years.
The judge told the boy: ‘Pavements are for pedestrians, and people in wheelchairs, or babies in prams.
‘They are supposed to be free of vehicles of any type.
‘This mode of transport should not be there. This tragic incident was avoidable.’
His parents, who attended court, must pay £85 costs and a £26 victim surcharge and were both handed six-month parenting orders.
The boy had previously admitted causing death by driving a vehicle without a licence, and another count of causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured. He has no previous convictions.
Deborah Bell, mitigating, said the boy had displayed ‘great remorse’, both ‘for the family of Mrs Davis, and for his own parents.’
Detective Constable Emma Temple, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘This tragic case shows how vitally important it is for people to fully understand the laws and implications of riding e-scooters and where they can be used.
‘This was a completely avoidable collision. This boy now has to live with the knowledge that his actions that day resulted in the death of a much-loved woman.’
Since 2019, there have been 31 deaths involving e-scooters in the UK, according to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
They include 14-year-old Fatima Abukar, who was riding a privately-owned scooter in East Ham, East London, last March when she suffered a fatal head injury, and 18-year-old Mason Pitt.
He suffered a fatal neck injury after falling off a rental scooter in Slough, three days after Mrs Davis died.
The first person to die in Britain in a collision involving an e-scooter was TV presenter and YouTube star Emily Hartridge.
The 35-year-old collided with a lorry while on an e-scooter at a roundabout in Battersea, south-west London in July 2019.
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