16-Year-Old Killed in Scooter Collision Causes Concern, Elizabeth, NJ

Elizabeth, NJ (11/20/2019) - A collision between an electric scooter and a tow truck turned fatal. A 16-year-old named Nelson Miranda Gomez died in the crash.

The crash happened Wednesday at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Spring Street.

The tow truck attempted to turn right onto Spring Street when they collided with Gomez. Gomez died after the crash from his injuries. The tow truck driver remained on the scene. At this point, the driver of the tow truck has no charges. 

Late Thursday afternoon, classmates and friends gathered for a vigil to Gomez. 

This fatal crash has sparked a new debate about the electric scooter program in New Jersey. Elizabeth entered into a pilot program with Lime scooters on November 1st. National United Youth Council member Salaam Ismial is against the scooters.

He stated that he didn’t think they were safe from the beginning. “What I expected to happen unfortunately happened. A kid got killed. I’ve had problems from the very beginning because there are no restrictions. Any kid can get on those bikes,” he said.

Some people prefer the scooters, stating that they are greener and less expensive. Most people are asking for clear instructions on where the scooters can be ridden and by who.

We would like to express our condolences to those affected by this tragic pedestrian accident. These types of accidents are all too common in New Jersey. Unfortunately, they take a lot of time and resources to investigate. Once the cause of the accident is determined and the person or party at fault is identified charges can be brought forward.

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Source: CBS Local New York

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