Dupont Circle ANC 2B released the following statement regarding the death of Carlos Sanchez-Martin, who was killed in D.C.’s first fatal scooter crash:
ANC 2B is saddened by the death of an individual on Friday, September 21st in Dupont Circle. According to reports, the person was killed by a person driving an SUV while he was riding a scooter in the area.
“This incident points out that the District’s broad vision of creating a safe and efficient multi-modal transport system has yet to be realized and will not be achieved without proper enforcement, education, and infrastructure changes. As one of the mostly densely populated neighborhoods at the forefront of the adoption of the latest modes of transport in the District, we must figure out how to create safe streets for all,” says ANC 2B Chair Daniel Warwick.
ANC 2B takes the safety of community members very seriously and, to this end, has passed a number of resolutions related to Vision Zero in recent months. The Commission will be discussing potential next steps with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and Councilmember Jack Evans’ office regarding deliberate and focused measures to protect the lives of all residents and visitors, whether driving, walking, or riding a bicycle or scooter. We welcome community feedback on potential measures. Please reach out to your single member district commissioner with questions or comments.
On Friday, Sanchez, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was struck by an SUV while riding a Lime electric scooter in Dupont Circle. Firefighters rescued Sanchez from under the SUV. And they rushed him to the hospital 15 minutes later, where he died. According to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo, Sanchez suffered critical and life-threatening injuries.
According to dcist.com, Lime’s emailed statement said this: “We are deeply saddened to hear the report of this incident in Washington, D.C. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones. We have offered our full support to local authorities in connection with the investigation.”
On Friday afternoon, D.C.’s police chief told NBC4 Washington that officers are reviewing surveillance footage to look for clues about what happened.