Woman riding scooter struck by MARTA bus

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- A man riding a scooter in Midtown was struck and killed by a CobbLinc bus Wednesday night.

The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of W. Peachtree and 15th streets. Witnesses said when officers arrived on the scene, the victim was trapped under the bus. He did not survive.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim as 37 year-old William Alexander. 

Capt. William Ricker of the Atlanta Police Department told CBS46 passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, but none saw what led up to the collision.

“We’re hoping that the actual footage from the bus itself, which has cameras, will paint the real story of how it took place,” Ricker said.

Atlanta Police say it appears Alexander and the CobbLinc bud driver were both traveling north on W. Peachtree Street NE when the bus attempted to make a right turn onto 15th Street from W. Peachtree. The bus struck Alexander's scooter during its turn, trapping him underneath. The father of two you children died from his injuries.

Louis J was getting off of the MARTA train when he saw the end of the collision.

"Before they even realized, he was already on the second tire of the bus, J said. "So, my heart really goes out to both people," he added.

J says he was leaving the Arts Center MARTA station after working at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"I was just working the Atlanta United game," J said. "That could've been my friend. That could've been my mom. That could have been my cousin. That could've been anybody."

As officers investigated at the scene, Michael Glover stopped to watch. He said the accident highlights the dangers of riding electric scooters.

“It’s horrifying because that could be anybody,” he said. “It can be me. It can be anyone. And this is like a wake-up call.”

Meanwhile, Ross Cavit, communications director for Cobb County, released this statement regarding the incident:

"We are deeply saddened about the incident involving one of our buses last night, and our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. We are also very concerned about the welfare of our CobbLinc driver, the two passengers on the bus and anyone who may have witnessed this incident. We are being fully cooperative and have provided any video or statements necessary as part of Atlanta Police Department’s investigation."

The accident marks the second time someone has been killed while riding a scooter in Atlanta. In May, Eric Amis, Jr., 20, was killed when he was struck by a Cadillac on West Lake Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

Earlier this year the Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance requiring people to ride e-scooters in the streets and not on the sidewalks.

The latest death has City Council President Felicia Moore considering if the rules need to be re-written from scratch.

"We have regulated that people ride scooters in the street because the sidewalks propose another problem," Moore told CBS46's Hayley Mason Thursday afternoon. "Then that comes with it an inherent danger of interaction between vehicles and people who are on the scooters, so then that needs to be looked at as well," she said.

Moore said she has been following e-scooter ban proposals and ordinances in places like Nashville, Chicago, and other cities that use them. She says looking at each city's actions can help Atlanta leaders decide the most appropriate move for this city.

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