MANHATTAN, N.Y. — A popular television journalist is dead following a moped crash in Manhattan. The twenty-six-year-old news report died Saturday at Bellevue Hospital. The news reporter and tele-journalist for CBS 2 in New York. There are few details about the accident publicly available. However, colleagues, friends, and classmates alike joined in praising the reporter whose life was cut tragically short. According to a report in the New York Post, the graduate of Syracuse University was widely regarded as a reporter who was excellent at her job and was someone who always had a smile, no matter the situation. There was no information provided by responders about the cause of the fatal moped crash or whether any criminal charges would be forthcoming from the fatal incident.
Moped and scooter accidents are not accurately represented in much statistical analysis. Although scooter and moped travel is much more popular in Europe and Asia than in the United States, domestic sales of these two-wheeled motor vehicles have gained wider acceptance over the last twenty years. Mopeds and scooters were customarily used as recreational vehicles rather than relied upon for daily commuting and transportation. According to a study appearing in NIH archives, sales of scooters and mopeds have increased in the U.S. by 60%.
Mopes and scooters are dangerous machines. The engines that operate them are smaller and much less powerful than a traditional motorcycle, which reduces top-end speed and restricts acceleration. These characteristics can help a rider avoid a crash attributable to speed while simultaneously making the rider vulnerable to hazards from other vehicles because they cannot integrate into traffic flow easily. Statistically, the rider of a moped is more likely to experience a crash than when driving an automobile.
Researchers associated death or serious injury from moped crashes with several risk factors. Alcohol consumption, drug consumption, low-light, speeding, roadway conditions, and driving at speeds greater than twenty miles per hour increase the risk of sustaining a serious injury or dying in a moped or scooter accident.
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