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Police Chase Suspect Hits Electric Scooter Rider

Westchester Police Chase Results in Severe Injury to Scooter Rider

On Thursday, a police chase suspect struck an electric scooter rider in Westchester. Karl Flores, the driver of a red Honda Civic, was being chased by Culver City police when he hit the scooter rider near the 7800 block of W. Manchester Ave.

The collision was captured on film by a news helicopter. The scooter rider can be seeing being thrown up onto the hood of the car, slammed onto the roadway, and run over by the car’s front right tire.

Despite colliding with the scooter rider, the driver of the Honda Civic kept going. LAPD officers performed four PIT maneuvers, none of which stopped the fleeing driver. The driver eventually ran out of gas on the southbound 5 Freeway near Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. Police officers swarmed his car and took him into custody.

CHP officials described Karl Flores, age 34, as a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The scooter rider was transported to a local hospital. According to the LAPD, the scooter rider owned the scooter.

From the video, it can be seen that the rider was not wearing a helmet. The scooter helmet law in California changed on January 1, 2019, and adult riders of electric scooters are no longer required to wear helmets. (But they should!) Many of the injured scooter riders who call our firm suffered an injury to their brain when their heads slammed onto the roadway or sidewalk. Even though helmets are not required for adults, we believe they should be required. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we strongly recommend that you should wear a helmet if you’re going to ride an electric scooter.

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If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, whether because you were hit by a car, or the scooter malfunctioned, call our office for a free consultation. We are the leading law firm in California handling electric scooter accidents and we have the knowledge and skill necessary to help protect your rights and wellbeing, no matter what it takes.

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