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Two dead and 3 injured in 3 separate Revel Moped Accidents in New York City in less than 10 days

Revel-scaledA man was killed in a Revel moped accident in New York yesterday. The 32 year old man identified by the police as Jeremy Malave was riding  the rented Revel north on Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens, when he lost control of the moped and struck a light pole near 67th Drive. The accident occurred around 3:15 am. EMS found Malave lying on the ground with a massive head injury. He was rushed to the hospital but he didn’t survive. The helmet was found on the ground nearby but it was not clear if Malave was wearing it at the time of the accident. (read more in the NY Daily News)

26 year old Revel passenger killed after driver lost control of the scooter

On Saturday July 18th, CBS 2 NY reporter Nina Kapur also died in a Revel accident. 26 year old Kapur was riding a Revel moped as a passenger in Brooklyn when the driver of the scooter suddenly swerved throwing Kapur onto the roadway.  The young woman suferd critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital where she later died. The driver of the Revel, a 26 year old man, suffered minor injuries. According to a witness, neither of them were wearing a helmet. (read more in the Daily News)

Two men were also hospitalized in critical condition last Saturday after the driver lost control of the Revel they were riding on Wadsworth Terrace near Fairview Ave in Fort George. (read more in the NY Daily News)

Revel mopeds are electric two-wheelers that can be rented by the minute throughout New York City.  They are technically mopeds but they don’t have pedals and their speed is limited to 30 miles per hour. People don’t need a motorcycle driving licence to rent them but they do need a driving license. Revel mopeds are classified as “scooter”. They can not be ridden on bike lanes and users are legally required to wear a helmet which is available in a box located at the back of the moped.  Electrical scooters have recently been legalized in New York City and have been particularly useful for frontline workers during the Covid-19 lock-down.

Update: Revel has suspended its service in New York City

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