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Alleged DUI crash highlights need for scooter safety

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 15:46:16-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Electric scooters made their first appearance on the streets of Lexington a week ago, offering another transportation alternative in the city.

The new scooters are already proving popular, especially downtown and around the UK campus.

Over the weekend, a rider was struck by a car in Lexington. Police say a man was riding a scooter in the bike lane on South Limestone around 2:30 Saturday morning when he was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Taryn Silvestri, the woman behind the wheel, was charged with DUI. She paid bail and will be on home incarceration.

Silverstri will be back in court Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Scooter companies Lime and Spin have released safety guidelines for the scooters. They both suggest you should wear helmet, staying off the sidewalk, and following all traffic laws.