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Calls for action in ‘devastated’ community as woman killed after being hit by e-scooter

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The ‘devastated’ community in a Nottinghamshire village is calling for action on e-scooters after a woman died having been hit while walking on a pavement. A number of residents argue they should be banned from sale.

Linda Davis, 71, was walking in Southwell Road East, Rainworth, when she was hit by a privately-owned electric scooter at around 3.50pm on Thursday, June 2. Ms Davis, known to her family and friends as ‘Lou’, was taken to hospital but later died from her injuries on Wednesday, June 8.

The rider, a 14-year boy, remained at the scene and contacted emergency services. He has been interviewed under caution and remains under investigation while enquiries continue.

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Those living and working in the quiet village have spoken out about privately-owned e-scooters, which remain illegal to ride on public highways and footpaths. The only way to legally ride an e-scooter is through a scheme, such as the LINK service in Nottingham, and riders must have a provisional licence.

“I know her family,” says Donna Gill, a barber at Razorcutz in Southwell Road East. “They need to ban them.”

And the owner of the barbers of 12 years, Nicky Draycott, added: “They have got the scheme in the town centre which is great, but normal people like us won’t benefit from that around here. They should have insurance or they need cycle lanes put in.

“Why can you buy them? They come bombing down here [on the pavement] because they do not want to go through the traffic light systems. Her family are going to be devastated.”

In Nottinghamshire’s last year a total of 74 e-scooter incidents were reported. This is the second worst in the country, after London.

Superpedestrian runs the LINK e-scooters in Nottingham. They are limited to 15.5 miles per hour, unlike private e-scooters, which have no limit but are illegal.

The e-scooter trial in the city began in October 2020, initially operated by Wind, and this legalised scheme has also been a cause of controversy. According to Government data nine deaths involving e-scooters have been recorded.

According to residents the incident happened outside a charity shop and opposite a children’s playground mid-way down the road. Jennifer Smith, who works in the area, told Nottinghamshire Live: “It is two families ruined.

“And of course people start talking about legalities of the scooters. We have all had those conversations here.

“I work at Nottingham City Hospital and you see them dumped all over the place. How safe really is it to have a motorised vehicles on the pavement?

“What are the uses for them anyway? [Children] should be walking to school. I cannot understand it.

“I did not think it would have an affect on me as much as it has. It is not right. Putting e-scooters to the side kids have come down here at speed just on their bikes. I’ve almost been hit and we have said someone is going to get seriously hurt.

“They never use the cycle lanes. If it was a member of my family I would honestly be campaigning for them to be banned.”

Detective Constable Emma Temple, of Nottinghamshire Police, added: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, who have requested privacy at this difficult time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and we’d urge anyone who either witnessed this collision, or who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage, to please get in touch with us.” Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 441 of June 2 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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