Friday morning at 8:30 am the Folsom Police Department began receiving emergency calls regarding a vehicle that collided with a motorized scooter at the intersection of East Bidwell Street and Glenn Drive. When officers arrived, they found a middle school aged juvenile, wearing a helmet, pinned under the vehicle. Due to the nature of the accident, the juvenile’s injuries were initially treated as life threatening.
Emergency personnel from the Folsom Fire Department’s Station 35 were able to extract the juvenile, who was transported via ground ambulance to an area hospital. His injuries were significantly upgraded, which Fire and Police personnel attributed to the fact he was wearing a safety helmet. The cause of this collision is still under investigation. His exact age, name, and condition will not be released.
The California Highway Patrol website, shows the California Vehicle Code (406(a) VC) requires the operator of a motorized scooter to be at least 16 years of age, possess a Class C Driver’s License or Driver’s Permit, and they must wear a bicycle helmet. The operation of motorized scooters are limited to bicycle paths, trails, or bikeways. On a roadway with speeds greater than 25 miles per hour, the driver must operate the scooter in a Class II bike lane. Just as with a vehicle, a motorized scooter must be driven as close to the right curb as safe, except to pass or turn left.
More information regarding motorized scooters, bicycles, and skateboards ca be found at the CHP website.