Man fighting for his life with serious head injury after collision involving e-scooter

A man is in a critical condition fighting for his life after suffering a head injury in a collision involving an e-scooter.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 2:31 pm

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash in Newcastle yesterday, Saturday, June 19, at around 8.50pm.

Officers received a report a group of about 12 people had been travelling from the direction of Railway Street using hired e-scooters on Redheugh Bridge Road before the Utilita Arena when, for reasons yet to be established, one man from the group came off his e-scooter.

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The group had been heading for Railway Street after hiring scooters from Redheugh Bridge Road, a short distance from Newcastle's Utilita Arena. Image copyright Google Maps.

Officers and emergency services attended and the 55-year-old was taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

The force says he remains in a critical but stable condition today.

Both Newcastle and Sunderland are hosting e-scooter trials.

An investigation into the incident has been launched and Sergeant Matt Sykes from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols department is now asking for any witnesses to come forward.

He said: “This was a very serious incident which has left a 55-year-old man with potentially life-threatening injuries.

“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is ongoing and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us build up a clear picture of the moments which led up to this incident.

“Our inquiries are still at a very early stage but we believe that a male connected to a Land Rover or Range Rover flagged down someone in the party to tell them that the man had come off his e-scooter.

"We would urge that key witness to get in touch with us as they could provide vital information to help us to establish exactly what has happened.

“The incident occurred at about 8.30pm so if you were near to Redheugh Bridge Road at that time and saw a group of people on e-scooters, or you think you may have saw the group in another location prior to this, please get in touch with us.

"We are especially interested in hearing from any motorists that may have dashcam footage.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101 or using the Tell us Something page on the force’s website quoting log 1308 19/06/21.

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