A local news reporter died after being thrown off a Revel electric moped in New York City.
Detective Denise Moroney told Gothamist that the vehicle’s driver suddenly “swerved for an unknown reason,” at which point the 26-year-old Kapur was ejected from the moped. She was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital. The driver experienced minor injuries.
Revel would not confirm whether its moped was involved, but told Gothamist it was “actively investigating” what happened.
Ride-sharing company Revels expanded into Manhattan just this year after being confined to areas of the city’s outer boroughs, including Brooklyn and Queens. The company offered free memberships to healthcare workers during the height of the city’s COVID-19 outbreak
The company’s mopeds can go up to around 30 miles per hour, putting it in a vehicle classification that a driver’s license, but not a motorcycle license.
According to a Revel spokesperson, in addition to being licensed, drivers must also be at least 21 years old and follow all traffic laws. Passengers must be over the age of 18. Two helmets are provided with each vehicle and all riders must wear one.
Electric mopeds, along with e-bikes, have been experiencing since the began. In metropolitan areas like New York City, the vehicles have been especially popular as residents try to abide by social distancing rules and avoid public transportation.