Woman riding an electric scooter killed by lorry in London

Joe Gamp
·Contributor, Yahoo News UK
The scene in Battersea. (PA)
The scene in Battersea. (PA)

A woman has died after being struck by a lorry while she rode an electric scooter.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene in Battersea, south-west London.

The crash happened at Queen’s Circus roundabout just after 8.30am on Friday morning.

RETRANSMITTING WITH ADDED PIXELATION DUE TO GRAPHIC CONTENT. A helmet lies on the ground at a scene in Battersea, south-west London, where woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding a scooter.
The crash happened at Queen's Circus roundabout in west London (PA)

Several roads in the area have been closed, including Nine Elms Road and the Chelsea Bridge.

No arrests have been made. A Met Police spokeswoman said the victim's next of kin are not yet been informed.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent an advanced paramedic, two ambulance crews, an incident response officer and two medics in cars to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under four minutes.

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“Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of medics, a woman died at the scene.”

Electric scooters can exceed speeds of 30mph and are increasingly being used for short journeys.

But scooters powered by electric motors are banned from UK public roads and pavements, but can be used legally on private land.

Police at the scene in Battersea, south-west London, where woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding a scooter.
Police at the scene in Battersea. No arrests have yet been made (PA)

But the Department for Transport (DfT) is carrying out a review of legislation to accommodate changes in the way people and goods move.

A DfT spokeswoman said: “We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations.

“Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.”

The scene in Battersea, south-west London, where woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding a scooter.
The scene in Battersea, south-west London, where woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding a scooter.

The busy Queen’s Road roundabout was redesigned in 2015 by Transport for London and Wandsworth Council.

However, concerns were raised that the new layout, which involves separate traffic lights to keep cyclists and vehicles segregated at junctions, was too complicated.

A cyclist was killed at the roundabout in July last year after being hit by a bin lorry.

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