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The rider of an electric scooter is lucky to be alive after being run over by a van twice in Sydney’s inner west.
As seen in the video above, the man, who had been travelling at high speed, is seen falling forward off his scooter as he brakes, landing under the front wheel of the van in a Summer Hill driveway.
The van, which was exiting the driveway at the time, is then seen driving over the man’s torso.
The driver, who stops to help, appears unaware the rider’s head is under the front wheel.
The van is then seen reversing back over the scooter rider, crushing him a second time.
“Why the f*** did you reverse back?,” the rider was heard shouting at the driver, to which he replies “I didn’t see you”.
Witness Reece Elliott said the scooter rider’s helmet “got pretty much flattened”.
“I think it’s kind of pushed his head out of the way thankfully,” he said.
The 36-year-old rider suffered head injuries and broken ribs.
“He was bleeding a fair bit but he was still awake and conscious,” Elliott added.
But police say it’s his own fault.
‘He was bleeding a fair bit but he was still awake and conscious.’
“He was lucky not to be killed or more seriously injured,” Burwood Police Acting Commander Andrew Graham said.
In New South Wales, electric scooters are illegal on public roads and footpaths.
“These things can get very dangerous, they can go very quick, they can go very fast,” NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said.
While the crash is still under investigation, police have confirmed the scooter rider is at fault.
He’ll likely be fined for riding the electric scooter on a public footpath and could face charges.
“The use of the e-scooter and the speed of the rider coming down the path at the time, are definitely contributing factors that we are currently investigating,” Graham said.
The rider has since been released from hospital.