PORTLAND, Ore. – A 65-year-old man is in critical condition after falling off an e-scooter.
Police say the man was going over railroad tracks in NW Portland on October 5th when he crashed.
When a passerby flagged down police to help, officers found him unconscious and not breathing.
The officer began CPR and the man was rushed to the hospital. Police say the man was not wearing a helmet.
–Here’s the official press release from Portland Police —
Portland Police are investigating a crash involving a rented electric scooter.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 4:07p.m., a Portland Police Officer was in the area of Northwest Naito Parkway and Northwest 9th Avenue when he was flagged down by a community member requesting medical help for an injured e-scooter rider. The officer found a 65-year-old male unconscious and not breathing. The officer requested emergency medical services and began performing CPR. Medical arrived and transported the patient to the hospital. He is currently in critical condition.
Officers investigated and determined that no one else was involved. The scooter rider fell off while going over railroad tracks. The rider was not wearing a helmet. No citations have been issued.
The rider is not being identified at this time. The scooter was a Spin branded device.
Portland Police remind e-scooters users that they are considered “Motor Assisted Scooters” under Oregon Law.
No sidewalk riding: Using an electric scooter on the sidewalk and in crosswalks is prohibited. E-Scooters are not allowed to be operated in City Parks. People using electric scooters are allowed on Portland city streets and in bike lanes.
Helmets are required: People using electric scooters are required to wear a bicycle helmet.
Minimum age: Youth under age 16 are prohibited from riding electric scooters.
Yield to pedestrians: People using an electric scooter are required to yield to pedestrians.
For more information about rules and regulations see the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s page: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/689878