29-Year-Old Electric Scooter Rider Arrested for DUI After Sidewalk Crash Kills Elderly Man
James Cody Skene was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after an electric scooter he was riding on collided with a 91-year-old man, according to authorities
Authorities have arrested a 29-year-old man after a sidewalk crash involving a motorized scooter killed an elderly pedestrian in Venice, California, on Saturday.
James Cody Skene, 29, was taken into custody for driving under the influence after an electric scooter he was riding on collided with a 91-year-old man, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police said the victim — whom authorities did not identify by name — was walking on the sidewalk on Lincoln Boulevard around 9:20 p.m. when he was struck by a motorized scooter, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene to render medical aid, but the man succumbed to his injuries, according to police.
Skene and a female passenger were traveling on one scooter together down the sidewalk and both were ejected from the vehicle at the time of the collision, authorities said.
California law prohibits electric scooter from being driven on sidewalks, according to the state's Department of Motorized Vehicles. Electric scooters can only be driven on a bicycle path, trail, or bikeway with a speed of 15 mph.
Skene was initially held on $100,000 bail, but has since been released after posting bond, KTLA reported.
It's unclear if Skene has obtain an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
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An investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing, according to the LAPD.
Anyone with information about the collision has been asked to contact West Traffic Division detectives at 213-473-0234 and 213-473-0222, or 877-527-3247 during weekends and non-business hours.
People can also leave an anonymous tip with the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.