Nina Kapur, a 26-year-old reporter in New York City, died after she fell from a moped that had been rented from Revel, a popular moped sharing service.
“We are heartbroken here at CBS2 as a member of our news family has passed away,” CBS New York, a CNN affiliate, said in a statement on Sunday. “Reporter Nina Kapur joined the team in June 2019 and was known for her contagious smile and love for storytelling.”
Kapur was riding on the back of a Revel rental scooter that was being driven by a 26-year-old man when he “swerved for an unknown reason” Saturday evening in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, according to NYPD spokeswoman Denise Moroney.
Kapur and the driver fell to the roadway, and while the driver sustained minor injuries, Kapur was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The investigation is ongoing, Moroney said. Neither were wearing helmets.
Similar to the electric scooter rentals that have popped up nationwide, people can use a Revel moped by simply downloading an app and unlocking the nearest one for $1. They’re currently available in New York, Austin, Texas, Miami, Oakland, California, and Washington D.C. Anyone over 21 and with a valid license can drive one.
Revels only go up to 30 miles per hour and riding on highways and major bridges is not allowed, according to Revel’s website. Helmets, which the company says are cleaned “with COVID-19-effective disinfectants,” are provided in the trunk of the moped.
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SOURCE: CNN, Alicia Lee