North Coogee: Police hunt e-scooter driver after young girl injured in crash near dog beach
A little girl has been left bloodied and shaken after being hit and run with an electric scooter on the beach.
Lily, 8, was on a footpath near the North Coogee dog beach when she was allegedly knocked down and thrown to the ground around 2pm on Sunday.
Police are now investigating the whereabouts of the driver of the electric scooter after he allegedly stopped to apologize before fleeing, according to Nine News.
The eight-year-old girl was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital with abrasions to her face, shoulders, hands and feet.
It was alleged that the man was traveling over 40 km/h when he hit the little girl.
Electric scooter safety has been in the spotlight in recent months after a series of incidents including the death of father-of-three Kim Rowe, who died in February after his electric scooter and a cyclist collided.
A 13-year-old boy, Calym Gilbert, died the same month after he and a car collided in the early hours of the morning in Butler.
Calym suffered catastrophic injuries after the horror crash, in which he was not wearing a helmet, leaving his devastated family to have his life support turned off the following day.
In May, it was revealed that paramedics in St John WA had attended over 250 incidents involving electric scooters since January 1, 2021.
Under new laws introduced in December, electric scooters are limited to 10 km/h on trails and less than 25 km/h on bike paths, shared paths and local roads where the speed limit is lower than 50 km/h.
Users of sidewalks and shared lanes must keep to the left and yield to pedestrians.
Anyone with information about the identity of the man pictured should contact the police on 131 444.