The fatal accident, which occurred in the northern neighborhood of Goutte d’Or, is the first involving an electric scooter in the city, Agence France-Presse reported. The truck driver has been detained and prosecutors have opened an investigation into “involuntary homicide,” the news agency said.
Electric scooters — and the lack of regulation surrounding their use — have become a contentious issue in the French capital. Last week, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said it was time to put an end to the ”anarchic” increase in their numbers, but said that there were no clear legal guidelines in place to regulate their use in the city.
Paris has become home to nearly 20,000 e-scooters since their introduction just a year ago, with 12 companies operating scooter-sharing systems in the capital. The City of Paris has pointed to predictions that electric scooters could number 40,000 by 2020.
“The development of these (scooters) was very rapid and a little anarchic. We didn’t see it coming and it became the law of the jungle,” Borne told Le Parisien. “And it is true that we are seeing an increase in accidents and but also an increasing sense of unease on our pavements.”
Borne announced riders will be fined 135 euros ($150) from September if they use e-scooters on sidewalks.
US e-scooter rental firm Lime has aggressively entered the European market in the past year, with Paris as one of its flagship locations. It has been followed by companies including Tier, Bird and Uber offshoot Jump.
CNN’s Rob Picheta and Arnaud Siad contributed to this story.