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  •   Home > News > International

    YouTube star Emily Hartridge dies in reported electric scooter crash in London

    The TV presenter and social media personality, known for her YouTube videos on lifestyle, fitness, mental health, sexuality and travel, dies aged 35 after reportedly colliding with a truck while riding an electric scooter on a London road.


    Social media personality Emily Hartridge has died after reportedly colliding with a truck while riding an electric scooter in London.

    Hartridge was known for her YouTube videos on lifestyle, fitness, mental health, sexuality and travel, with 343,000 subscribers tuning in to her videos.

    She later entered mainstream media, working as a presenter on British television series, Oh S***, I'm 30.

    The crash, which local media reported as the first electric scooter fatality in the UK, took place at the Queen's Circus roundabout in Battersea on Friday morning (local time).

    Transport for London and Wandsworth Council, which oversees the suburb of Battersea, redesigned the roundabout in 2015 to improve safety.

    The Metropolitan Police said in a press release that an unnamed woman in her 30s suffered serious injuries in the collision, before being pronounced dead at the scene.

    No arrests have been made.

    'She was a very special person'

    Multiple British publications reported Hartridge as the victim of the crash, and a statement shared on the star's Instagram page hours later confirmed the 35-year-old's death.

    The post read: "Hi everyone. This is a horrible thing to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once.

    "Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away.

    "We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten.

    "She has touched so many lives it's hard to imagine things without her.

    "She was a very special person xxx."

    Among the comments were tributes to the star from TV presenters including Zoe Hardman and Davina McCall, musician Harry Gardner and BBC radio personality Chris Stark.

    Electric scooter safety under review

    It is illegal to ride an electric scooter on public roads in the UK because they are yet to be deemed roadworthy vehicles.

    UK Transport Minister Michael Ellis told The Guardian he planned to meet with representatives from sporting goods store Halfords and scooter share companies Lime, Bird and B Mobility, to discuss how best to tell consumers about the law before they bought or hired the scooters.

    "The Government is considering this as part of its regulatory review, as announced in March in the [policy paper] Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy," he told the publication.

    "We are examining whether they can be used safely on the road — and if so, how that should be regulated to ensure the public's safety.

    "However, companies must understand that reviewing laws does not necessarily mean laws will change.

    "People who use e-scooters need to be aware it is currently illegal to ride them on the pavement and the road."

    In May, the first-reported victim of an electric scooter crash in Australia died in Brisbane after suffering a critical head injury.


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