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Vernon woman spent two days in hospital after being struck by rental scooter

Run over by e-scooter

Isobella Zarathustra remembers very little about the actual impact.

But the Vernon woman does remember seeing a woman operating a bright orange e-scooter when it slammed in to her as she was walking out of the Freshco parking lot last week.

Zarathustra did not immediately realize the extent of the injuries she sustained to her right leg until a few hours after the incident.

She spent the next two days at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“I checked in both directions and didn't see the scooter. That's how fast it was going,” said Zarathustra who was left lying on the sidewalk in pain as people gathered around.

“I was in a lot of pain. I had my femur bone jammed into my buttocks,” she said, adding she has extensive bruising from the collision.

While she does not know who was operating the scooter that is part of a rental program introduced to the city earlier this month, she does know it was a female at the controls.

“She was yelling at me 'Don't sue me. Just don't sue me. I can't afford it,'” Zarathustra said.

The woman then left the scene.

Zarathustra said there were a lot of witnesses to the incident and she is wondering if it was caught on surveillance video from either Freshco or the nearby Schell Motel.

Zarathustra said she is not against the scooter program as having the ability to get around town without creating pollution is a good idea, but she is encouraging people using the scooters to be more careful.

She is also reminding pedestrians to watch out for the battery-powered machines.



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