Women On Scooters Injured In Hit-&-Run Downtown

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 07:47:47-04

Two women on scooters were hit by a vehicle in downtown Nashville in what authorities confirmed was a hit-and-run.

The crash Sunday evening happened at the intersection of Union Street and 5th Avenue. Officials confirmed the two females were riding Bird scooters. Bird is a scooter-sharing service.

Police confirmed the driver responsible fled from the scene; however, the bumper of the vehicle remained at the crash site.

The victims' conditions were unknown. One woman was taken to the hospital. A second woman was alert at the scene as crews rendered first aid before she was also transported to the hospital.

A police captain confirmed one of the victims had potentially life-threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed in that area while emergency crews worked at the scene.

Authorities did not have a description of the vehicle. They said they're checking nearby surveillance cameras.

Witnesses stated the suspect ran a red light while turning left onto Union Street, while the women were in the crosswalk.

The investigation remained ongoing.

Last week, we told you about a cease and desist letter Metro sent Bird concerning the scooters. Read more about that here.

Sunday night, Kenneth Baer, a Bird spokesperson, released the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to those impacted by the car accident today in Nashville in which two Bird riders were injured. According to published news reports, the riders were crossing a crosswalk while a motorist ran a red light, struck the riders, and fled the scene. Rider safety is a top priority at Bird, and we will work closely with law enforcement on the investigation."