By Tom Davis
There is a memorial reportedly for Nelson: Seventeen candles, a baseball and a teddy bear.
And there is a legacy, too: A community grieving and coming to grips with the idea that the 16-year-old was killed by a tow truck while riding an e-scooter – just weeks after the program, long thought to be a safe and economical alternative form of travel, began in Elizabeth, according to nj.com.
The crash has the community questioning whether the program is worth it if there is a risk. And it has compelled officials and residents to do everything they can to deal with a tragedy they didn't expect when the electric scooter program started.
Indeed, Elizabeth City Council members will vote on Tuesday whether to suspend or potentially end the Lime pilot program in the city, according to nj.com. The vote comes after Nelson Miranda-Gomez was hit by a tow truck as it turned right onto South Spring Street from Elizabeth Avenue on Wednesday at about 8:05 p.m.
"Any time anyone loses a life, whether it be old or young, it affects all of us, especially me," Council President William Gallman told NJ Advance Media. "We're going to do everything that we possibly can to correct that."