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13-year-old boy in Petah Tikva killed in car accident while riding electric scooter

A 13-year-old boy in Petah Tikva was killed on Monday after he was struck by a car while riding an electric scooter.

Medical crews brought the boy, a resident of Ramat Gan, in critical condition to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly before the boy’s accident, a 46-year-old man was listed in mild condition, after he was injured by a car while riding a scooter in Beersheba. He was treated at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

“The boy was lying on the side of the road next to the sidewalk, unconscious and suffering from severe injuries to multiple organs,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Elad Folk. “We immediately started medical treatment, put him in an ambulance unit, and escorted him to the hospital. Along the way, we had to perform CPR when his condition became critical.”

Initial reports of the accident showed the boy was hit after he crossed a pedestrian crossing that had a red light, and was struck by cars crossing through the intersection on a green light.

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The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that accidents involving electric scooters and bicycles rose significantly in 2021. Last year, 953 people were injured in accidents related to electric scooters that were reported to the police, the bureau said. That marked a 37.3 percent increase over 2020’s numbers.

Hospitals reported treating an additional 382 injuries related to accidents with electric scooters that were not reported to police, marking a 46% increase over 2020, according to the bureau.