The Atlanta Police Department is investigating another electric scooter-related death following a car wreck in late July.
In a news release, the police stated a woman riding a scooter, also known as a dockless mobility device, died Aug. 1 from injuries sustained in a July 27 car crash in Midtown.
“A witness told a responding APD officer that the victim, 34-year-old Amber Ford, was riding a scooter July 27 on 14th Street (near Crescent Avenue) in Midtown when she was struck by a car shortly before 10 p.m.,” the police stated. “The car fled the scene, according to the witness. Ms. Ford was transported to Grady (Memorial) Hospital with injuries on Saturday; she succumbed to her injuries earlier today. The incident is being actively investigated by the department’s Accident Investigation Unit as a hit-and-run fatality.”
If Ford’s death is the third a scooter-related one in Atlanta since electric scooters were introduced to the city. William Alexander, 37, died following a collision in Midtown with a CobbLinc bus while riding a scooter after an Atlanta United game July 17. Also, Eric Amis Jr. 20, died May 17 while riding a scooter home from the West Lake MARTA station.
A group of residents concerned about scooter rider safety hosted a protest rally July 24 in Midtown at the intersection of West Peachtree and 15th streets, where Alexander died. About 55 individuals attended.
Also, on the day of the protest rally, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order outlawing the issuance of additional permits for the scooters. The order will not affect companies that have existing permits in Atlanta.
According to a news release, the Atlanta City Council at its Aug. 5 meeting is expected to introduce an ordinance that would repeal “the authorization of the commissioner of the department of city planning or his designee(s) to accept (scooter) permit applications and to issue (scooter) permits.”
Regarding the incident involving Ford’s death, anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call or text Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477 (TIPS) or visit atlantapolicefoundation.org/programs/crime-stoppers/. Tips can be left anonymously.
Council President Felicia Moore issued a statement on the latest scooter-related death, expressing her condolences to Ford’s family.
“Let us also remember the families of William Alexander and Eric Amis Jr., who also lost their lives in scooter-related incidents,” Moore said. “Our condolences are always genuine, but they are not a sufficient response to this growing issue of public safety. It is time for all stakeholders to display a level of responsibility commensurate to our awareness. I encourage citizens to continue making safety a top priority as you choose transportation modes. Please consider limiting your use of e-scooters at night, and if possible, consider limiting their use entirely as we work through the city’s infrastructure challenges.”
She also encouraged scooter users to observe the city’s guidelines on operating them by visiting www.atlantapd.org/community/e-scooters-safety.