Scooter Operator Transported to Hospital with Minor Injuries in W. Collings Ave. Collision


Witnesses say the victim was struck by a driver at the intersection of Richey Avenue as he attempted to cross the roadway on a small vehicle.

By Matt Skoufalos | April 12, 2024

Collingswood EMTs transport a crash victim from the scene of a collision on West Collings Avenue. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

A man was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after his scooter collided with a car Friday afternoon in Collingswood.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Collings and Richey Avenues.

According to witness accounts, the scooter operator was traveling along West Collings Avenue through the intersection at Richey Avenue, when the driver of a white Chevrolet Malibu collided with his scooter.

Collingswood Fire Chief Geoff Joyce said the victim sustained “relatively minor injuries” in the crash, and was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden City for treatment and evaluation.

“The vehicle pulled out on Richey Avenue, the [scooter driver] struck the vehicle, and he was found slumped over the hood [of the car].”

Cornelius Negrete, a line cook at Li Beirut, said the victim was his coworker, a dishwasher in his twenties, who was commuting to work at the time of the crash. Hearing that the young man was knocked to the ground in the collision shook him up.

“I was nervous; I was shaking,” Negrete said.

Less than half a block from the collision, Jamie Giordano said she “heard the aftermath” of the collision from inside her business, Salon G, and came outside to see the victim lying in the roadway.

Scene of a scooter-vehicle collision on W. Collings Avenue. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

Giordano said she’d like to see the Richey Avenue intersection become a four-way stop that aligns with the crosswalk on the corner.

Currently, traffic crossing West Collings Avenue is only controlled by stop signs on Richey Avenue.

“When we try to go to Speedy Mart, we’re scared,” Giordano said.

“If you think a car can see you, that’s not necessarily the truth.”

The collision occurred just a block off the White Horse Pike, an intersection that has seen fatal and serious crashes in the recent past.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) recently announced supplemental funding to intensify traffic enforcement along the Pike in the wake of fatal collisions on that state highway.

Building capacity for smaller devices like e-bikes and scooters is an ongoing challenge for highway and traffic safety planning; the recent e-micromobility summit hosted by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission  addressed the growing need to adapt roadway design for the increasing popularity of different modes of travel.

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