Teenage escooter rider, 19, fighting for his life after collision with car in Portsmouth

A TEENAGE escooter rider remains seriously injured in hospital after a collision with a car last weekend.

It happened just after 8.20pm on Saturday in Leominster Road in Paulsgrove, and involved a silver Volkswagen EOS Sport.

The 19-year-old was taken to Southampton General Hospital and was said to be in a serious condition by police on Sunday.

Police have now said the teenager is in a critical condition.

Police in Leominster Avenue in Paulsgrove on the evening of Saturday, June 13, 2021 Collision between escooter rider and VW Eos Sport Picture submitted

A spokeswoman said: ‘Enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened. Anyone who saw the collision should call 101 quoting 44210230490.’

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Portsmouth City Council and Voi have confirmed the escooter was not one of the escooters taking part in the city trial – suggesting it was a private escooter.

Police advice on private escooters states: ‘A privately owned escooter can only legally be used on private land and with the permission of the land owner.

‘In legislation, an escooter is classed as a powered transporter and are treated as a motor vehicle and so fall under the Road Traffic Act. This means that they are subject to all the same legal requirements as motor vehicles; MOT, tax, licensing, insurance and specific construction regulations.

‘As escooters can’t currently meet these requirements, riding a privately-owned e-scooter on a public road, pavement or other public area is a road traffic offence.’

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