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IU student suffers severe head trauma after crashing rented scooter

Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 00:05:24-04

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An Indiana University student suffered severe head trauma after crashing a rented scooter Saturday evening. 

The Indiana University Police Department responded to the crash. Witnesses told police that the scooter was traveling south on Fee Lane when the driver lost control and crashed near the intersection of Law Lane. 

The driver struck his head on the road, causing severe head trauma. Police say he was not wearing a helmet. 

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Witnesses performed CPR until first responders arrived, according to police. The driver was taken to IU Health Bloomington in serious condition. 

Police say the student was riding on a rented scooter but declined to comment on which company the scooter was rented from. 

No criminal charges have been filed at this time. 

IUPD shared the following tips for riding scooters safely:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Use common sense; scooters are motorized vehicles, not toys.
  • Dress to be seen and do not operate at night.
  • Share the road and never ride against traffic.
  • Maintain a three-foot minimum distance from pedestrians.
  • Watch the road for uneven surfaces and debris.
  • Be wary of puddles and leaves that may hide potholes.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Keep your eyes up and one ear free so you can see and hear what's happening around you.

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