Mill Hill mother of three calls for e-scooter ban for under-21s

A mother-of-three taken to hospital in agony after being hit by a teenager on an electric scooter has called for a ban on under-21s using them.

Joanna Johnson, wife of Rugby Football League chairman Simon Johnson, was left in ‘indescribable pain’ after being struck by the hit-and-run rider at 20mph as she walked to her car last July.

The 51-year-old teacher suffered serious nerve damage and had to have seven procedures on her leg after the crash in Mill Hill, north London. She was on crutches for five weeks and still feels pain when she walks almost a year on. Although e-scooters can only legally be used on private land, they are now becoming widely used on roads and pavements.

Mrs Johnson, from north-west London, said: ‘It came completely out of the blue as it was totally silent and I was knocked to the ground with severe force.

‘It felt like I had been hit by a car and the pain was indescribable. I have given birth three times, but the excruciating pain I felt from the impact was worse.

‘I was told by my friends afterwards that the scooter and the boy on it landed on top of me after the impact and he was going about 20mph.

‘The doctors said it was amazing that I didn’t break anything but one side of my face was swollen and there was a huge lump bigger than a watermelon on my leg.’

Mrs Johnson is now seeking compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, the body that awards damages to people injured by hit-and-runs or uninsured drivers. She is also calling on the Government to make insurance mandatory for riders.

She said: ‘People under the age of 21 should be banned from e-scooters and insurance for riders should be mandatory. These are silent, motorised vehicles capable of doing around 20mph and that is enough for a lethal impact, yet children are riding them on the streets and on pavements.

‘If riders were made to have insurance then it would make them more responsible for their actions.’ Mrs Johnson also said she is frustrated by the police’s failure to investigate the crash.

She added: ‘We found out the boy’s name and gave the police this information but they closed the case very quickly. I was shocked and disappointed that the police didn’t do anything as we literally handed everything to them on a plate.’ Around 50 towns and cities have been trialling rental e-scooters. The Daily Mail has revealed how e-scooters have been involved in hundreds of crimes including drive-by shootings, robberies and assaults.

Scotland Yard recorded more than 200 incidents involving them last year, with 150 seized. The price of an e-scooter can start at around £350, with some high-end models nearly £1,000. They are capped at 15.5mph but can be modified to go up to 70mph.

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