15-year-old on e-scooter hit, injured by vehicle in Buckhead

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This, after three people have died on the scooters in metro Atlanta.

A 15-year-old on an electric scooter was hit by a vehicle in Buckhead on Monday night, police said.

The incident happened on Peachtree Road at Maple Drive just before 10 p.m., Atlanta police spokeswoman TaSheena Brown said. The teenager was bleeding from the head, but he was described as conscious and breathing before being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He is expected to be OK.

The teen allegedly didn’t follow a traffic signal, Brown said. The driver stayed at the scene and was not cited.

An SUV with a smashed front windshield and a damaged e-scooter were spotted at the scene, Channel 2 Action News reported. Just before 10:30 p.m., the scene was cleared. No other details have been released.

This incident marks the latest in a string of wrecks and fatalities in Atlanta that involved e-scooters, prompting protests and new legislation to be introduced.

Hours before the juvenile was hit Monday, the Atlanta City Council introduced legislation that affirmed a prohibition on additional permits to the companies deploying the devices. The proposal appears to be a stop gap measure and is unlikely to have any immediate effect on the number of scooters on city streets.

MORE: Atlanta City Council weighs prohibiting new scooters after third death

Atlanta has become one of the many cities across the U.S. struggling with how to regulate these scooters. Since their introduction in 2017, the devices have quickly grown in popularity, with them being seen as an easy method of travel in dense urban areas.

E-scooters arrived in Atlanta in May 2018 and were largely unregulated until the Atlanta City Council approved legislation in January requiring scooter companies to obtain permits and submit monthly data to the city about their use.

After a 10-month grace period, city officials recently announced that police would begin cracking down on people caught riding on sidewalks instead of in the street. Fines for those caught riding on sidewalks could range as high as $1,000.

RELATED: After period of leniency, Atlanta Police now enforcing scooter law

In the past three months, there were three e-scooter fatalities in Atlanta.

The first occurred in May when a 20-year-old man was struck by a Cadillac SUV as he left a MARTA station. The driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Narcory Wright, was later arrested on misdemeanor charges of second-degree homicide by vehicle and speeding in connection with the deadly wreck.

MORE: Family of man killed in Atlanta's first e-scooter wreck wants them off roads

The second e-scooter fatality occurred July 17 when a 37-year-old Atlanta man fell while riding next to a CobbLinc bus and got run over, police said. No charges were filed against the bus driver.

RELATED: 'Do something!': Passenger recalls moment CobbLinc bus hit e-scooter rider in Midtown

Most recently, an Alabama mother of two was taken off of life support Friday, which was days after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding an e-scooter in Midtown. An arrest has not been made in the deadly hit-and-run.

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