Police are looking for two women after the death of a pedestrian struck by an electric scooter while walking in Paris.
The victim, a 31-year-old Italian woman named only Miriam, had been in a coma since being struck by the electric scooter, which is said to have been traveling at high speed, as she walked along the Seine in the early hours of Monday .
River police divers, patrolling the area, urgently treated the victim, who suffered cardiac arrest after hitting his head on the sidewalk, until an ambulance arrived.
They restarted her heart after 30 minutes and she was taken unconscious to the hospital, where she died on Wednesday.
The prosecution opened an investigation for “murder, aggravated by failure to stop”. Police have appealed for witnesses for the fatal incident, which occurred at 1 a.m. on the Voie Georges-Pompidou on the right bank of the Seine near Île de la Cité, and are trying to find the two drivers of the electric scooter.
Video surveillance in the region is also under study.
This death has revived the controversy over the place of e-scooters in the French capital. Although hailed as an environmentally friendly form of urban transport and a welcome alternative to motorized vehicles, others have claimed that they pose a risk to pedestrians, especially since they are often used on sidewalks.
It also happened as London embarked on a 12-month trial of electric scooters on June 7, after pilot projects in more than 40 UK cities before the government’s decision to legalize them on UK roads.
Around 70 people have reportedly been injured since the trials began last year. It is forbidden to use private electric scooters on public roads, cycle paths and sidewalks, but those rented in test areas can be used on roads and cycle paths.
A program run by Swedish company Voi in Coventry was suspended after five days due to people walking in pedestrian areas.
There are three private operators licensed in Paris offering around 15,000 electric scooters, introduced in the city in 2018.
David Belliard, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of transport in the city, expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, originally from Capalbio in Tuscany, who worked in an Italian restaurant.
“The safety of the most vulnerable, ie pedestrians, is one of my priorities,” he said, and called on the two runners to come forward.
Police in Balaruc-les-Bains in the Hérault department arrested a man traveling at 98 km / h (61 mph) on an electric scooter in May.