Man seriously injured in scooter crash, shares warning to riders

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 21:23:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The deep scrapes across his forehead, bandages on his shoulder and cast on his right arm are the first giveaway that Frank Aleman was in an accident.

The 22-year-old bartender was on a motorized scooter crossing the pedestrian bridge on Monday afternoon, when he hit a small bump and suddenly found himself falling to the ground. Frank hit the cement so hard that it knocked him unconscious for a brief moment. Bystanders quickly came to his aid and helped call 911.

"The scooter fell one way, I fell another. I could see myself going down and tried my best to protect my head," Frank said sitting on the back porch of his Nashville home on Thursday.

Doctors determined Frank had a broken wrist, suffered a concussion and also had a number of deep cuts caused by road rash. At the time of the accident he was not wearing a helmet, something Frank says he will now change next time he rides a scooter.

"Wear a helmet, you have to," he added.

Frank was sober when the crash happened. And has this sobering message for other riders, "Treat it like you would a bike or a motorcycle, I know it’s a scooter but they go fast."