A 75-year-old man trying to cross a street on a scooter recently in Brevard County died after he was struck by a vehicle.
According to reports, the Cocoa Beach man was attempting to cross Sixth Street at South Orlando Avenue in his electric mobility scooter around 6 p.m. when he was struck by a 2005 Toyota driven by an 18-year-old from Cocoa Beach.
The man was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. No charges have been filed at this time, according to police.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868-3251.
Motorized wheelchair and scooter users in Florida have responsibilities, rights, and privileges similar to those of pedestrians. These vehicles can be legally operated on public sidewalks, park pathways, bicycle paths, rail trails, and in public buildings. While motorized scooters or mobility scooters should not be on public roads if there are any other options, they are allowed to cross at intersections just like pedestrians. They should only be operated on a roadway if there is no sidewalk, or the sidewalk is obstructed to the point that it is unsafe for use.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a motor vehicle, whether as a pedestrian, driver, passenger, or wheelchair operator, you should know that you have legal rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from an accident. A Florida Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you with your claim. Call us today for a free consultation at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.