19-year-old Canberra woman dies after collision between car and e-scooter in Kambah

A young woman has died after a crash between her electric scooter and a vehicle in Canberra’s south yesterday afternoon.

Police said the 19-year-old was thrown a “substantial” distance across the intersection of Drakeford Drive and O’Halloran Circuit in Kambah after the e-scooter she was riding was hit by a car.

Officers also said the woman was not wearing a helmet.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 3:10pm on Sunday and took the woman to Canberra Hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

Police confirmed this morning that she had died in hospital.

Paul Hutcheson
Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hutcheson has reminded the public of the importance of wearing helmets on modes of transport like-scooters. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

‘Tragic and preventable’

Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hutcheson offered his condolences, on behalf of ACT police, to the woman’s family and friends and spoke of the “wide-ranging” impacts of road deaths.

“This is another tragic and preventable death of a young Canberran on ACT roads,” he said.

“The impacts of this incident are very significant and wide-ranging throughout the community.”

Detective Hutcheson also spoke of the importance of helmet wearing whilst on e-scooters.

“It’s nothing new, you don’t need to know the e-scooter rules to know to wear a helmet, obey the speed limit, cross the road safely, [and] look both ways before crossing,” he said.

“It’s exactly the same rules that we talk about for cyclists, pedestrians or car users.”

He said police had heard from several witnesses at the scene but were urging any other eyewitnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to come forward.

ACT Policing’s Major Collision Team is conducting an investigation into the crash and will prepare a report for the coroner.

The woman’s death is the 12th on ACT roads this year

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