CBS2 reporter Nina Kapur was killed last week after being thrown from a Revel electric scooter in New York City. She was 26 years old.
On July 18, Kapur was riding on the back of a rented Revel scooter being driven by a 26-year-old man late Saturday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The man suddenly swerved for reasons unknown and both of them were thrown from the scooter and fell onto the road. The man only sustained minor injuries while Kapur was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after. Neither of them was wearing a helmet at the time of the e-scooter accident.
A Revel spokesperson said that the company is "actively investigating" the situation, but they have yet to confirm that the incident was related to one of their e-scooters.
The Dangers of Revel Scooters in New York City
Revel scooters haven’t been a feature of New York City’s streets for long, but they have already gained quite the reputation. The electric scooters provide a novel and convenient way to get around the city for many, but there are also those who view Revels as an eyesore and a nuisance.
Even worse, however, are the potential hazards these e-scooters pose, both to their riders and everyone they share the road with. E-scooters are motorized vehicles that can travel rather quickly, and yet riders are totally exposed and unprotected, making them susceptible to serious injury if hit. This is made even worse by the fact that many Revel users don’t wear helmets, which are included with each rental. Revels are smaller than most motor vehicles on the road, so their low visibility increases the chances of an accident.
Saturday’s tragic crash that killed Nina Kapur is the first known instance of a rider being killed while using a Revel scooter. Yet, accidents have been associated with the rental e-scooter company before.
Just last weekend, a 38-year-old man was found lying on the pavement on Steinway Street near 31st Avenue at around 5:30 a.m. with head trauma caused by a Revel accident. He is now in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital. According to the police, it is unclear whether the man fell off the scooter or if he was hit by a motor vehicle in a hit and run accident. The investigation is ongoing.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crash involving an electric scooter, contact us. Our New York e-scooter and Revel accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you secure the compensation and justice you deserve.