Woman struck by moped rider near Columbus Circle dies from injuries


MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY – Police have disclosed that an 82-year-old woman died of her injuries after being hit by a moped in Manhattan last month, the New York Post reports.

The victim was identified as Helga Schnitker, a resident of the Upper West Side.  The accident occurred on Sept. 29 near Columbus Circle. Police said Schnitker was in the crosswalk at West 60th Street on Broadway shortly after 7 a.m. when she was struck by a 23-year-old man riding a Revel moped.

The woman was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition due to severe head trauma. She passed away later that day.

At the time, police sources told the Post that Schnitker was crossing the street against the light. No charges have been filed against the moped rider, whose identity has not yet been released. The rider remained at the scene following the crash.

The New York City Police Department’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to look into the accident.

Revel shut down its operations in New York City in late July to revamp its safety measures following three fatal crashes involving its rental scooters.  The company returned to the city’s streets the following month with updated protocols.

The Post reports that Schnitker was the first pedestrian to die as the result of a Revel crash since the company began its New York City operation in 2018.

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