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Austin records first death of electric scooter driver after downtown crash

Austin records first death of dockless scooter driver after crash

Lime Scooter
This is Austin's first death of an electric scooter operator. Lime/Facebook

An exchange student at the University of Texas at Austin is dead after the dockless electric scooter he was operating was involved in a crash in the early morning hours of February 1.

According to the Austin Police Department, 21-year-old Mark Sands was driving a Lime scooter northbound in the southbound left lane of the 500 block of the IH-35 Service Road when he was hit by a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. APD says the driver of the Jetta, who was operating as an Uber driver at the time, was preparing to merge onto I-35 when he encountered the scooter.

Sands was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died from his injuries on February 2. An APD spokesperson confirmed to CultureMap that this is Austin's first recorded death of a dockless scooter driver.

APD says that the Uber driver remained on the scene of the accident and is actively cooperating in the investigation. Toxicology reports for all parties are still pending. 

"We were devastated to learn of this tragic death here in Austin, and our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time," said Collin Morgan, general manager of Lime Austin & San Antonio, in a statement to CultureMap. "We have been in contact with local authorities and will continue to assist however possible."

A GoFundMe set up for Sands says he was an Irish native and member of the Texas Iron Spikes, a UT service organization. Ireland's The Independent confirms Sands' nationality and says he was on exchange at UT from University College Dublin.