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Driver doesn't see scooter rider until last moment in close call video

Posted: 12:43 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 20:16:20-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Nashville driver posted their close call after they turned a corner to see a scooter rider in their direct path just ahead in the road.

The person on the scooter can be seen in the video driving the wrong way down the road.

The driver said they were coming up the hill on Acklen Park Drive near Murphy Road with their visor down because the sun was directly in their line of sight.

The driver went on to say that they frequent the area often and therefore were used to there are normally people walking their dogs, biking and more on this road. The driver knew to keep an eye out for pedestrians, and thankfully so. Otherwise something terrible could have happened.

"I remember seeing [the scooter driver] pop up seemingly out of nowhere from around where the curve...instinct just had me swerve out of their way because it looked like they were starting to get farther out towards the middle of the lane and I honestly wasn't sure if they weren't going to swerve into me,” the driver, who wished to stay anonymous, said.

While Nashville is certainly notorious for its traffic, vehicles on the road aren't the only thing Music City drivers now have to look for while they are behind the wheel.

Numerous scooter and vehicle collisions have occurred over the last year, with the most recent one claiming the life of a 26-year-old man just one day ago. In fact, theNashville Fire Department reports that, in the first four months of 2019, they have had 74 scooter related injury transports: 12 in January, 4 in February, 15 in March, and 43 in April.

This video is a good reminder to both drivers and scooter riders to drive safely and be considerate of one another while sharing city roads.

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