Dad dies after crashing e-scooter while on school run without helmet

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A family has sent out a chilling warning after a father was tragically killed while doing the school run on an e-scooter, without having a helmet on.

Mohit Singraur, 45, lost control while riding his privately owned e-scooter to pick up his 10-year-old son from school. He ended up crashing and suffering a fatal head injury on Beechdale Road, Aspley, Nottingham at about 3.14pm on April 23.

Paramedics rushed him to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham but sadly he succumbed to his injuries five days later on April 28. The inquest held at Nottingham Coroner's Court last Thursday (May 23) discovered no third party to be involved with the coroner ruling it a tragic accident.

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In tribute to the kind-hearted Mohit from Wollaton, Nottingham, his devastated kin are imploring e-scooter riders to wear helmets for their safety. His wife, Nitika, filled with heartbreak said: "Mohit was a kind and caring husband and father. He was always the first to help people in need."

She added: "Brimming with empathy and living for the present, he would always have a funny one-liner up his sleeve making everyone around him laugh. We don't want anyone else, any other families, to go through the pain and grief we have gone through so we're urging people to wear a helmet and to fully understand the safety risks and laws if they are riding on an e-scooter."

Detective Constable Liah Lane, from Nottinghamshire Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, commented: "This was a tragic incident whereby a much-loved family man sadly lost his life. Our thoughts and condolences are with Mohit's family at this incredibly difficult time."

"His family don't want his passing to be in vain and have spoken out to help educate other e-scooter riders, and hopefully save lives. E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles. This means that they require a driving licence, insurance, and tax."

"As it isn't possible to insure a privately owned e-scooter, it means that it is illegal to use them on the road, or in public places. Private e-scooters must only be used on private land."

"Riding a privately-owned e-scooter in public, without the correct licence and/or insurance, could mean a fine and penalty points on your licence. You could also be committing an offence if you're caught riding on a pavement, using a handheld mobile device, and riding through red lights."

"These offences also incur fines and penalty points. For drink driving offences, these are the same as if driving a car. You could face fines, driving bans and imprisonment. Also, if you ride an e-scooter in public, in an antisocial manner, you could risk it being seized."

"Collisions involving e-scooters are investigated in the same way as those involving motor vehicles. "When riding an e-scooter, we would always recommend wearing safety protection such as a helmet, and to keep to the speed limit."

Assistant coroner Hannah Mettam described the circumstances of Mohit's death as 'tragic'. She also endorsed the efforts of police and the family in raising awareness of the dangers of riding e-scooters, particularly without a helmet.