Woman Who Tripped Over Scooter Sues Santa Monica, SMC

It was bound to happen.

An 88-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against Lyft, Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Community College District for injuries she sustained after tripping over a Lyft scooter outside SMC.

The plaintiff, Dorothy “Dolly” Green, was attending older adult classes at the school in 2018. Her daughter says multiple scooters were littering a loading-only zone and when her mother tripped over one, she was thrown to the street. She sustained fractures to her hip and elbow that required surgery.

Just before the fall, the city introduced a Shared Mobility Pilot Program that that relies on scooter and bike shares. The purpose is to create more low-emission mobility options.

Scooters can be a great way to encourage people to get out of their cars and can help address public transportation’s last mile challenge. But they have also created a nuisance for cities. In some cases, the complaints have led to all-out bans.

Read more about the lawsuit at the Santa Monica Daily Press.