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Vandalized VeoRide scooter leaves Fort Wayne man with injuries in hospital, says rider

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A Fort Wayne man said a vandalized VeoRide scooter left him with injuries in the hospital.

If you’ve visited downtown Fort Wayne recently, you have probably noticed the new VeoRide scooters.

The VeoRide pilot program will last for 16-months. Officials with the City of Fort Wayne said the program will help determine whether or not shared scooters have a positive impact on the city.

Officials with VeoRide said there are 300 scooters in Fort Wayne, however, only 75% of them work at the current moment.

Officials with VeoRide and the City of Fort Wayne said they have seen an uptick in vandalism. They said people have been cutting brake lines and unscrewing parts of the handlebars.

A man told ABC21 that he took his son and his friends to downtown Fort Wayne to ride scooters on Sunday evening. When the man rode on one, he said the handlebar came off a few minutes into the ride. He said he crashed in the middle of the street.

“I was like oh crap. That’s not right. Something was off,” Daniel Carrasco, a rider said. “It was too late. There wasn’t enough time to make an adjustment.”

Carrasco said the crash injured his right arm and forced him to go to the emergency room. He said the crash happened because someone unscrewed the bolts connected to his handlebar.

“We could lose one of our kids because the scooter falls apart and they can get hit by a car,” Carrasco said.

Carrasco said he contacted VeoRide about the crash and that officials with the company said the liability is on riders. Carrasco said he didn’t fully agree with that.

“If they had maintenance and regularly checked them daily, that’s what it boils down to,” Carrasco said. “VeoRide has to step up their game to combat the vandalism.”

Carrasco said VeoRide reimbursed his deposit and gave him a $10 credit. He said that is not the answer when it comes to rider’s safety.

ABC21 reached out to officials with VeoRide. We are currently waiting to hear back from them.

Officials with the City of Fort Wayne said they are aware of the vandalism and that they are working with VeoRide and police to address the situation.

If you plan to hop on a scooter, please thoroughly check it before riding off.

 

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is a multimedia journalist for WPTA.

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