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Fatal E-Scooter Accident in Venice Results in DUI Arrest

Published on Jun 2, 2021 at 7:09 am in Electric Scooters.

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On May 29, 2020, a 91-year-old man was struck and killed by an electric scooter rider in Venice, California. Police are investigating the accident. A suspect is in custody.

It was approximately 9:20 p.m. on May 29, 2020 when an unidentified 91-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk on Lincoln Boulevard when a motorized scooter hit him. According to a Los Angeles Police Department news release, the collision caused the man to fall and hit his head on the pavement. While he received medical attention, he succumbed to his injuries. Police are aware of the man’s identity, but are keeping that confidential under his next of kin have been notified.

At the time of the accident, two people were riding the electric scooter—a male rider and a female passenger. Both were ejected from the vehicle and onto the sidewalk. The rider, identified as 29-year-old James Cody Skene, remained at the scene.

Skene was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into jail early on Sunday morning. According to inmate record, he was initially held on $100,000 bail, but has since been released after posting bond.

The crash remains under investigation as police attempt to determine just what happened and why. Anyone with information is asked to call West Traffic Division. Tips can be given anonymously.

This is not the first e-scooter accident in the area. While the scooters offer riders with quick, easy mobility for last-mile transit, they are dangerous when used incorrectly or while under the influence of alcohol.

If you’ve been involved in a crash, you may have grounds for legal action. The Rideshare Law Group can help. Contact us today to learn more.