Battersea crash: Electric scooter rider killed after being hit by lorry at busy roundabout

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A woman on an electric scooter has died after being hit by a lorry at a busy London junction. It believed to be the first time someone riding an e-scooter has been killed on the capital’s roads. Emergency services rushed to Queen’s Circus roundabout in Battersea, south-west London, shortly after 8.30am on Friday.

Police said a woman aged in her 30s was found with serious injuries. Paramedics battled to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene. It comes days after London’s transport chief called for a safety review of the use of e-scooters, which are banned from public roads and pavements in the UK.

Mike Brown said it was “inevitable” that they would one day become legal, adding there was a pressing need to prevent riders from injuring themselves and causing danger to pedestrians. Asked about the dramatic increase in use of e-scooters by commuters, Mr Brown said there was a need for riders “to be careful”. He said: “I was on the Millennium Bridge the other night and there was some guy on an electric scooter rocketing down the middle.

I did think to myself ‘This is actually not that safe.’ “I think we have to get some guidance between us and the Department for Transport.”

Woman dies after being hit by lorry in north-east London

E-scooters, which can only be legally used on private land, can exceed 30mph and are increasingly being used for short journeys in a number of countries, including in many European cities and the US. A DfT spokeswoman said: “We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations.

“Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.” Transport for London and Wandsworth Council redesigned Queen’s Circus roundabout in 2015. This trialled the use of raised kerbs and separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions, but concerns were raised that the new layout was too complicated.

A cyclist was killed at the roundabout in July last year after being hit by a bin lorry. Widespread road closures were in place after Friday’s crash, including Chelsea Bridge and Nine Elms Lane, while officers carried out investigations. A Met Police spokesman said the woman’s next of kin have not yet been informed.

No arrests have been made.

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