Early Saturday morning, a driver beat and killed a woman who was riding a Lime electric scooter on Northeast 149th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.
The crash occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. and the woman who rode the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The office says the driver who met the scooter driver fled the scene and is still at large.
It appears to be the first time a person has died on a rental e-scooter since tech startups were allowed to deploy fleets of scooters on the streets of Portland in 2018. Police Spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen told WW the office “is not aware of any other deaths related to the Portland scooter rental program.”
While rental scooters have proven largely safe – and resenting their use in Portland feels like a relic of another era – the traffic deaths in this city are well on the way to breaking a 24-year record.
The office said the crash “marks the grim milestone of doubling the number of road deaths as of this time last year.”
It is the 26th fatal crash this year. At the same time, 13 fatal accidents occurred last year.
Just two days earlier, on May 6, 25-year-old David Dentler was killed when the driver of the car he was driving crashed into a pole on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Killingsworth Street. The accidents occurred on the same road, two and a half miles apart.