Police at the scene in Battersea, where woman died after being struck by a lorry
A woman has died after being struck by a lorry while riding an electric scooter at a roundabout in south-west London, police have said.
The victim, in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash at Queen’s Circus in Battersea shortly after 8.30am on Friday.
Several roads in the area were closed off while the rush hour collision was investigated, including Chelsea Bridge and Nine Elms Lane.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said the woman’s next of kin are yet to be informed, and no arrests have been made.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the first medics had arrived at the scene in under four minutes.
"Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of medics, a woman died at the scene," she said.
It is illegal to ride scooters with electric motors on public roads and pavements in the UK, and the crash prompted a warning from the Department of Transport (DfT) that e-scooter retailers should tell customers about the ban.
Unfortunately the Police have been turning a blind eye to these dangerous vehicles, as they have with the plethora of dangerously ridden electric rickshaws, also illegal on the roads.
The illegal scooters can exceed 30mph and are increasingly being used for short journeys in a number of countries, including in many European cities and the US.
In the UK they can only be legally used on private land, but this policy could yet be reversed as the DfT is carrying out a review of legislation to accommodate changes in the way people get around.
A spokeswoman for the department said: "We extend our deepest sympathies to all those involved in this tragic incident, and fully support the police as they carry out their investigations."
She added: "Safety is at the heart of all our road laws and it is important that retailers continue to remind people at the point of sale that it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads."
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Again today, another illegal scooter rider has a bad accident. These scooters are riding past police officers who are saying and doing nothing.
Ambulance called putting unnecessary extra pressure on the emergency services.