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Scooter Rider Struck by an SUV Thursday Dies



Brady Gaulke, the 26-year-old scooter rider critically injured Thursday night after being struck by a Nissan Pathfinder near the intersection of Demonbreun Street and 14th Avenue South died over the weekend. Gaulke turned into the roadway and into the path of the SUV.

A bicycle lane was available on Demonbreun Street. Scooter riders are required to follow laws applicable to bicycles being operated on a roadway. As a reminder, scooters are not permitted to be ridden on sidewalks within a business district, which is defined by state law as “the territory contiguous to and including a highway when, within any six hundred feet (600') along the highway, there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including, but not limited to, hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings that occupy at least three hundred feet (300') of frontage on one (1) side or three hundred feet (300') collectively on both sides of the highway.”

For the first four months of 2019, the Nashville Fire Department reports 74 scooter related injury transports, 12 in January, 4 in February, 15 in March, and 43 in April. Those choosing to ride a scooter are urged to be extremely cautious, wear a helmet, and refrain from riding on sidewalks in the downtown area and other areas that fall within the meaning of business district.