WNY Authorities Tackle Scooter Safety After Student Accidents

Following an accident last week involving two, Memorial High School students who were riding a motorized scooter, the West New York Board of Education and the town’s Police Department held assemblies with students in grades seven through twelve this week.

Last week’s incident severely injured the two students.  One of the students remains hospitalized.

The police showed the students graphic photos of people who were injured in e-bike and motorized scooter accidents across the country.  In addition, 20-year old Jason Cua, a recent graduate of Memorial High School, told the students his horrific story of being injured while riding an e-bike without a helmet.

Cua was struck by a car and nearly died.  He went into a coma, had a feeding tube, spent six months in the hospital and has undergone three, skull surgeries.

During the assemblies, the police explained to the students the laws governing the use of e-bikes and which ones are illegal in West New York.  The police made it clear if the students violate any of the laws, they will have their motorized scooters confiscated.

Last week’s incident involving the two Memorial students was the latest in a string of accidents in West New York involving these motorized vehicles.  A recent accident resulted in the death of a male.