Lime automobile crimes have lawyer calling LimePods a ‘public security downside’




A success-and-run crash involving a LimePod rental automobile is the most recent crime dedicated by folks utilizing the ride-sharing autos.

The crash occurred at West Harrison Road and Elliott Avenue West in Seattle. Now, the sufferer of that crash and his lawyer say Lime must be held accountable.

Jonathan Gunning, who lives in Magnolia, says he was stopped at a crimson mild when a LimePod automobile all of the sudden plowed into him.

“They slammed into me, and it brought about my bumper to fall off right here,” Gunning mentioned. “Full shock. My sun shades flew off my face, blurry imaginative and prescient,” he mentioned.

The impression was so forceful, he mentioned, it pushed his automobile into the automobile in entrance of him, significantly damaging the entrance of his automobile.

Gunning mentioned he then noticed two younger males get out of the Lime automobile and take off operating.

“The Lime automobile rolled by means of the intersection, and I noticed the children run in numerous instructions. The Lime automobile proceeded and bumped into an electrical energy pole,” Gunning mentioned.

He mentioned a great Samaritan ran after one of many children and introduced him again.

Seattle police say, in keeping with the report, the child was a 15-year-old passenger, however they don’t have any age info on the motive force who obtained away.

Now, three weeks after the crash, Gunning remains to be coping with his accidents and struggling together with his work as a mechanic.

“Decrease again ache — my hip obtained crunched actually unhealthy,” Gunning mentioned.

He discovered an lawyer, and each Gunning and his lawyer say there is a larger downside than simply this crash. 

“This isn’t a singular incident. For LimePods to get hijacked by younger children, or vandals, thieves — that is an enormous challenge,” mentioned Catherine Fleming, Gunning’s lawyer.

KIRO7 has informed you earlier than about thieves utilizing Lime vehicles to steal packages in Bellevue.

In Could, KIRO7 reported that some police companies are seeing a rise within the variety of thieves utilizing Lime vehicles as getaway autos after receiving a report a couple of suspected mail thief in Renton.

Photographs present an deserted upside-down LimePod in Seattle’s Lake Metropolis neighborhood on Aug. 11.

 

 

A Reddit put up from this week exhibits an aggressive LimePod driver swerving, operating a crimson mild and practically hitting a pedestrian.

To lease a automobile, you simply want the Lime app, a bank card and a scan of a driver’s license. Approval can take simply seconds.

“The app permits for lots of oldsters who principally should not be behind the wheel to entry the wheel with a LimePod,” Fleming mentioned.

Fleming mentioned Lime will not launch the title on the account for the automobile concerned within the crash with out a subpoena. Seattle police mentioned Lime informed them they’d want a warrant.

In the end, Gunning plans to sue.

“We’d like to ensure Lime understands they should bolster their safety,” Fleming mentioned. “It is a public security downside,” she mentioned.

 

 

There are 1,500 LimePod Fiats in Lime’s fleet, scattered throughout King County. Drivers pay a $15 charge and might unlock a automobile by scanning a code into their telephones for $1. Drivers pay 40 cents per minute to drive the automobile, with insurance coverage included.

KIRO7 has requested Lime if its safety wants enchancment however didn’t hear again on Tuesday.

Anybody who could know the identification or details about the motive force and passenger within the crash, is requested to contact [email protected].


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