French police are searching for two women who rode electric scooters in Paris, and one of the women was knocked down and killed an Italian pedestrian. City officials informed about it.
The victim, a 31-year-old Italian citizen identified only as Miriam, was crossing the Seine River in the early morning hours of Monday, June 14, when she was hit by an electric scooter. The pair of women allegedly drove at high speed and did not stop after the crash.
The Paris prosecutor’s office began investigating the case as aggravated killings for failing to provide assistance.
First aid from divers
According to the police, an Italian woman who was walking with a friend hit her head when she fell on the sidewalk and suffered a cardiac arrest. Divers from the river police patrolling the Seine gave her first aid and resumed heart activity after 30 minutes.
She was taken to the hospital unconscious and in a coma until her death on Wednesday, June 16. She came from the central Italian region of Tuscany and worked in a small Italian restaurant in Paris.
The incident happened on Monday at 01.00 on the right bank of the Seine, near the Pont au Change bridge. Police have called on witnesses to report and are also checking records from security cameras in the area.
More and more popular
The case has renewed the debate on electric scooters in Paris, where concerns about pedestrian safety are spreading.
Electric scooters can ride at speeds of more than 50 kilometers per hour and are becoming more and more popular among people.
After hundreds of incidents, even fatal ones, the French government introduced rules in 2019. Electric scooters can only be used by people at least 12 years of age and are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk, the BBC added.