UPDATE: Message from Brother of Young Lakewood Boy Seriously Injured in Scooter Accident

A brother of the young Lakewood boy seriously injured in a scooter accident last week reached out to TLS with an important message.

“I was talking with a parent in Somerset Walk (the place where the accident happened) and through conversation it was apparent that since it was reported that the scooter can reach a top speed of 35 MPH, people are of the impression that the scooters that everyone else is riding, is “safer”.

“This is a real misguidance,” says the brother, “since in fact the scooter was a typical scooter that can reach the same top speed of 18.5 MPH. My brother sustained real injuries from riding the same scooter that everyone else is riding. Attached is a link to the exact scooter.”

The family asks the Tzibur to continue being Mispallel for Meir ben Nechama, who is still hospitalized.

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    • Insane. Insane that our kids are riding these over the top toys!! Not sure where to put your extra $? Pay tuition for someone in your kids school that can’t afford it!

  1. scooters are dangerous period at any speed especially if kids were riding in the street ( which they were) . Parents have to start being responsible before someone gets killed c”v

  2. The brother is explaining that contrary to what artcles may have led people to believe, his brother was seriously hurt while riding the locally typical scooter that has a top speed of 18 mph, and not one that has maximum speed of 18mph. His concern is that people (parents, kids) will think that what happened to his brother can’t happen to other local scooter drivers.

  3. In my neighborhood in chestnut ridge ny, “askanim” have been bringing in the police, speed bumps and stop signs instead of addressing the real issue of young spoiled children riding these fancy toys with no regard for the traffic around them. I guess it’s all part of our new way of being mechanech children.

  4. While i don’t know the details in general parents are responsible for their children. There is no problem a teenager riding slowly on a sidewalk while being careful. However I have seen for myself in some developments kids driving scooters like absolute maniacs. It’s not for the rabbonim to forbid its each parents responsibility!
    Unfortunately children are too young too chap the sakona. May he have a refua sheleima!!

    • This letter is misleading. According to the original TLS article about the accident two kids were riding one scooter together. That is dangerous and not good for the scooter and probably voids the scooter’s warranty. So yeah, the speed was not double everyone else, but something else was double.
      FYI many scooters around town go less than 18. 15 and a half is pretty common. Also, many cost way less than 1,000.

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