2 scooter riders involved in a hit-and-run
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Two women on scooters were critically injured after a hit-and-run crash in downtown Nashville.
Officers responded to the call at Union Street and Fifth Avenue Sunday evening.
Police said the victims, a 27-year-old and a 28-year-old, were riding Bird Ride Scooters northbound on Fifth Avenue when a car, going westbound on Union Street, struck both riders.
Both women were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police officials confirmed they called the fatal accident team in as a precaution.
The driver was last seen driving a black Lexus. Police said it sustained noticeable front-end damage.
Police said there are conflicting reports as to whether the Lexus or the scooter riders had the red light at the time.
Police said neither women was wearing a helmet at the time.
Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
Bird Scooters is a new business that rents scooters with electric motors in downtown Nashville. The company is based in Venice, California, and advertises environmentally friendly transportation.
Company spokesman Kenneth Baer released a statement about the incident, saying, "Our hearts go out to those impacted by the car accident today in Nashville in which two Bird riders were injured. According to published news reports, the riders were crossing a crosswalk while a motorist ran a red light, struck the riders, and fled the scene. Rider safety is a top priority at Bird, and we will work closely with law enforcement on the investigation."
Last week there were complaints about scooters obstructing the right-of-way downtown. The mayor said he wants to come up with some new ordinances to address potential problems.
"We appreciate innovation that helps people move around the city, but it's improper to obstruct the right-of-way without a permit. With no ordinances, or agreements in place with Bird, Metro has reached out to the company to amicably resolve the situation."
The investigation into Sunday's hit-and-run crash remains under investigation.