SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Sunday evening, two passengers on a motorized scooter were heading northbound on 26th street when, according to Santa Monica Police, they allegedly ran the red light at Olympic Boulevard.
A 73 year-old Los Angeles man was driving westbound on Olympic and was unable to avoid colliding with the youths as they entered his lane of traffic.
Santa Monica Police and paramedics responded to the emergency calls and arrived on the scene within minutes. The 16 year-old driver of the motorized vehicle and the 20 year-old passenger were rushed to a local hospital Unfortunately, the driver succumbed to his injuries reported SMPD.
The passenger is still in serious condition.
The driver of the car was cooperative while police questioned him on-the-scene and determined that he was neither on drugs or under the influence. He was subsequently released but may be questioned again for further information.
Recently, residents in Santa Monica have noticed an increase in motorized bicycles, skateboards and scooters. According to California law and the DMV, driver’s of motorized scooters are required to have a license to operate the vehicles.