Police in Bergen have fined a man in his 50s NOK 13,000 (USD 1,600) for allegedly hitting a toddler on a public square in Bergen while riding an electric scooter and then fleeing the scene. The suspect denied he hit the one-year-old boy but witnesses and surveillance video suggest otherwise.
The little boy and his grandmother were strolling over Bergen’s main square, Torgallmenningen, when the scooter ran into the toddler. He was conscious when police arrived at the scene and taken to a local emergency clinic.
Police were able to track down the scooter-rider several days later, thanks to photos from passersby and surveillance video. He denied hitting the child but police charged him with riding too fast and for leaving the scene of an accident. Scooter operator Voi, already on the defensive because of massive complaints over el-scooters in Norwegian cities, was also able to provide the identity of the man who had rented the scooter at the time of the accident. “We adamantly oppose reckless riding and are glad police followed up the case,” Christine Moe Gjerde of Voi told newspaper Bergens Tidende.