02

Blog

Driver Charged in Death of E-Scooter Rider

Bruce Hagen advocates for all vulnerable road users in Georgia.

Eric Amis, Jr., was killed around Midnight on May 16 while he was riding on an E-scooter near the West Lake Marta station in Atlanta.   In typical fashion, the police and media focused on all the wrong parts of the story. The driver who hit Mr. Amis was praised for “remaining at the scene of the accident and cooperating with investigators” as if that’s somehow a noble thing to do.   Perhaps we’ve become so numb to all the Hit and Run cases that we actually think doing the right thing is noteworthy. Beyond that, the media ran with the story that Mr. Amis “came our of nowhere” that he rode his scooter “into the path of the car” and that the driver “didn’t have time to avoid the accident’

In our experience, speeding drivers who aren’t paying attention (and who may be distracted) often say things like that.   When you’re not paying attention, of course you don’t have time to react quickly enough to avoid hitting someone. The very statement from the driver should be reason enough to dig deeper into the facts of the tragic death.

Local news approached Bruce Hagen for his thoughts, since Bruce is an advocate for vulnerable people in the state of Georgia, whether they’re on bikes, scooters or walking. Bruce hit the nail on the head when he said that the failure of local cities to provide safe spaces for vulnerable road users, combined with the high speed of drivers makes tragic incidents like Mr. Amis’ death inevitable.   

Here’s a link to Bruce’s interview with a local Atlanta news reporter.

Thankfully, the Atlanta police did not stop their investigation.   After thoroughly looking into the facts of Mr. Amis’ death, the police brought charges against the driver.   Narcory Wright has been charged with 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide and speeding in connection with Mr. Amis’ death.   

For the Amis’ family, while there is no replacing the loss of a loved one, there will hopefully be some solace in knowing that the person who is allegedly responsible for Mr. Amis’ death will be brought to justice.   For the rest of Atlanta’s bicycling, scootering and walking community, it’s refreshing to see that our lives are at least valued enough for the APD to dig beyond the initial story and get to the facts of what really happened to Eric Amis.   Hopefully, the right people within the City of Atlanta Government are listening and will do something about the abysmal condition of our streets and the need to take immediate action to make the roads safer for everyone, not just for car drivers.  

Driver Charged in Death of Eric Amis, Jr.  

Comments

Local bike shop Atlanta Bike Shop Mechanic
Bruce Hagen Nov 06, 2020

We have so many amazing local bike shops in the Atlanta Metro Area and in Georgia that it’s hard to single out any for the service that they provide, but here’s a short list of some of the shops from various parts of town and throughout the state. Eight Great Local Bike Shops in Georgia […]

Read More
Justice Ginsberg Bike Law
Lauri Boxer-Macomber Nov 03, 2020

Last month after Justice Ginsberg passed away, I went on one of those long solo rides to pedal things out.  I was hoping that time in the saddle would help settle the emotional torrent within me.  On one hand, I was feeling driven, empowered, and more motivated than ever to step things up a notch […]

Read More
Women on Bikes Rachael
Peter Wilborn Oct 11, 2020

Rachael Maney is the Director of the Bike Law Network and of the non-profit Bike Law Foundation. As most of you know, she has spent the last two weeks on these pages profiling 16 Women on Bikes leading up to yesterday’s inaugural Women’s Cycling Day. If you haven’t yet, read her profiles of and conversations with […]

Read More
Heather Jackson Dusk and Dawn
Rachael Maney Oct 10, 2020

If I didn’t know her parents well, I would put Heather Jackson on top of a podium so tall that it would be hard for her to climb down. (That’s not a dig at her height, by the way. There’s no one as mighty — she probably gets that from her mother, too.) Her mom, […]

Read More
Women on Bikes Timberley
Rachael Maney Oct 09, 2020

We tend to take for granted the things and people that are always around. Some of that is normal — an unfortunate part of being human — and some of it is willfully ignorant but can be remedied the moment we decide to see and appreciate more, and see them more clearly. The Invisible Cyclist […]

Read More
E681DE6B E273 4651 9881 1200592DFFE8
Rachael Maney Oct 08, 2020

When I began compiling a list of Women on Bikes who’ve made invaluable positive contributions to our cycling community, I realized how lucky I am to be in the unique position of aspiring to, knowing, and riding and working closely with so many different SPOKESwomen. The women attorneys in the Bike Law Network and the […]

Read More
Women on Bikes Charleston Moves
Rachael Maney Oct 05, 2020

It’s not everyday that a small non-profit organization — and by small I don’t mean in stature or accomplishment but rather the number of working staff that can be counted with two fingers — in Charleston, SC gets a U.S. Senator to help secure $18.1M from the Federal DOT for a bicycle and pedestrian lane […]

Read More
Women on Bikes Bike Law
Rachael Maney Oct 04, 2020

There’s something magical about this time of year for most competitive long course triathletes. While it’s an honor earned by/bestowed upon a relative few, there is a powerful experience to be had, even as a spectator or supporting member of the racing athlete’s team or crew. For the elite age-group participant, the Ironman World Championships […]

Read More
Women on Bikes
Rachael Maney Oct 02, 2020

It’s finally Friday! And while I have a very impressive line-up of SPOKESwomen yet to be featured over the next week, I want to give all of you a chance to nominate your favorite woman in the saddle and give her an opportunity to be recognized, celebrated, and rewarded with a Women’s Cycling Day gift […]

Read More
Load More