A purposely sabotaged LimeBike is being blamed for sending a Seattle man to the hospital early Wednesday morning. Seattle police believe the crash that injured the man occurred because the brakes on the rideshare bike had been purposely cut.
The bike crash happened shortly after midnight at the intersection of Fuhrman Avenue East and 33rd Street. The bike crash victim, an 18-year-old man from Seattle, was rushed to the University of Washington Medical Center.
Investigators with the Seattle Police Department believe the bike crash was caused due to the vehicle’s brakes being cut. There has been a recent spate of sabotaged rideshare bikes throughout Seattle. Seattle Police said that anyone caught vandalizing a rideshare bike that is then connected to an injury can be charged with assault.
LimeBike claims that fewer than 1 percent of their fleet of bikes have been victims to sabotage. They later released an official statement to KOMO news: “Rider safety is Lime’s top priority. If anyone has information relating to this or other acts of vandalism, we urge you to contact Seattle Police Department right away.”
The attendant phone application for LimeBike allows rideshare bike users to flag any bike that may be damaged so LimeBike can deactivate and eventually repair it so that it can be returned into the fleet.
Seattle Police released a surveillance video earlier in the summer of a man purposely vandalizing several rideshare bikes. The suspect is still at large.
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