By David Garrick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt
A man whose daughter and ex-wife suffered serious injuries in a scooter crash over the weekend lobbied San Diego City Council members on Tuesday to revive a scooter boardwalk ban they rejected last month.
“The beach boardwalk is not an appropriate place for such high-speed, non-regulated motorized scooters,” said Dan Dewitt, predicting that more serious injuries will happen unless the city cracks down.
Council members on May 22 rejected a proposed ban on using motorized scooters anywhere on the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and La Jolla. The council vote was 6-3…
Dewitt’s daughter and ex-wife lost control of their rented scooter on Saturday while trying to weave through pedestrians on the Mission Beach boardwalk near Santa Barbara Place, just north of the community’s iconic roller coaster.
His daughter, 11, suffered a ruptured spleen, abdominal bleeding and a head injury, Dewitt said. Her mother fractured her skull in multiple places, he said.
“I’ve been a firefighter for 17 years and these injuries are worse than most automobile accidents that I’ve responded to,” said Dewitt, who lives in Arizona and rushed to San Diego after the crash involving his family… (more)
Serious injuries are not sufficient data to ban a vehicle from sidewalks? How many injuries will it take to hit the data target?