Lime scooter on the South Bank forecourt

Emergency services said the man fell from the Lime scooter on the South Bank forecourt near the Wheel of Brisbane. Courtesy:
Toby Crockford

A man is fighting for life in hospital on Wednesday after falling off a Lime scooter and suffering a heart attack in South Bank Parklands overnight.

Multiple ambulance crews, including specialist critical care paramedics, rushed to the scene about 12.20am after the 50-year-old Woolloongabba man suffered a fall.

Police said the man rode the hired electric scooter south across the Victoria Bridge and onto the forecourt at South Bank, where he fell.

As the rider fell, he hit his head and went into cardiac arrest, but paramedics revived him at the scene, near the Wheel of Brisbane.

Police said the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.

Critical care paramedic Matthew Meister said first responders got the man’s pulse back and took him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

“We believe he was riding on a concreted area and there were some steps and we believe he may have had a fall from the steps, but at this stage, it is too early to tell what has occurred,” Mr Meister said.

Lime public affairs manager Nelson Savanh said the company would co-operate with investigators.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this incident in Brisbane, and our thoughts are with the victim and his family,” he said in a statement.

“We have reached out to local authorities to support however possible and stand ready to assist in any investigation.”

The introduction of electric scooters in Brisbane has been the centre of hot debate, with safety issues and police concerns threatening to remove them from the city’s footpaths and streets.

A dangerous glitch was discovered in Lime’s scooters in February which involved their front wheels suddenly locking up and throwing riders to the ground.

The Queensland Police Service’s grace period for riders who refused to wear helmets, stick to speed limits, ride sober or not ride while using a phone ended in January, with officers promising fines for those who did not obey the law.

There have also been helmet issues, with the safety equipment going missing from electric scooters and riders instead using CityCycle helmets instead or simply riding without protection.

The Lime scooter permit to operate in the River City was extended until the middle of the year by Brisbane City Council in February.

The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating the cause of Wednesday morning’s crash.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/man-falls-off-electric-scooter-suffers-heart-attack-in-south-bank-20190508-p51l2r.html