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Woman, 24, is killed in Lime moped crash in Brooklyn


Box truck driver runs over and kills woman, 24, on Lime rideshare e-moped in Brooklyn

  • Molly Pearson, 24, was riding a Lime rental moped in Brooklyn when she was struck by a box truck, launching her body forward in front of the vehicle
  • She was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and died four days later 
  • The crash is reminiscent of the three fatal accidents that took place last summer in New York City with the Revel electric scooters 
  • Lime has 1,000 scooters and 100 mopeds in NYC, and Revel has 3,000 mopeds


A 24-year-old woman riding an electric Lime moped was struck and run over by a box truck in Brooklyn, police said. 

Molly Pearson was riding a Lime rental moped last Tuesday night when she was hit by a white box truck and thrown in front of the vehicle, which immediately ran her over. 

EMS arrived quickly on the scene and transported Pearson to Bellevue Hospital, where she clung to life before dying on Saturday. 

‘It’s devastating,’ Pearson’s mother told the New York Daily News

Pearson, 24, a New Jersey native, was described by her family her as ‘kind, complicated and unapologetically herself’

Police reported that Molly Pearson was struck by a box truck in Brooklyn while she was driving a Lime electric moped on November 2

Police reported that Molly Pearson was struck by a box truck in Brooklyn while she was driving a Lime electric moped on November 2

Police said Pearson had been driving the moped beside the box truck when the 33-year-old truck driver attempted to make a right and struck her

Police said Pearson had been driving the moped beside the box truck when the 33-year-old truck driver attempted to make a right and struck her

Pearson – who used to work at Albert’s Café where she grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey – was described as someone who ‘always brought an abundance of energy, joy, and an intoxicating smile,’ by the café. 

Her family described her as ‘kind, complicated and unapologetically herself.’ 

The 24-year-old was a graduate of Berkeley College in NYC and had recently moved to Brooklyn as she began a new career with the Williamsburg Equinox fitness gym.

In her obituary, Pearson was described as an outdoors person who enjoyed hiking and followed a motto to ‘never leave someone behind’ on the trail. 

‘So whether you were hiking a mountain or leaving a theater with her, Molly would wait and make sure no one was left behind,’ her family wrote.  

The 24-year-old was a graduate of Berkeley College in NYC and had recently moved to Brooklyn as she began a new career with the Williamsburg Equinox fitness gym

The 24-year-old was a graduate of Berkeley College in NYC and had recently moved to Brooklyn as she began a new career with the Williamsburg Equinox fitness gym

Police said Pearson had been driving the moped beside the box truck when the 33-year-old truck driver attempted to make a right at the intersection of Meeker Avenue and Skillman Avenue and struck her. 

Pearson was ejected from the scooter and onto the path of the truck, where it ran over her body. 

Police said Pearson had suffered ‘severe trauma to her lower extremities.’

The male truck driver operating the box truck remained on the scene to speak with police.  

There have been no arrests, and the New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident. 

The 33-year-old driving the box truck remained on the scene until police arrived

The 33-year-old driving the box truck remained on the scene until police arrived

There have been no arrests made, and the investigation is still on-going

There have been no arrests made, and the investigation is still on-going

Pearson’s death is reminiscent of the Revel moped crashes that occurred last summer, where three people died while riding them in New York City. 

Revel had briefly halted its services in the wake of the crashes, which all occurred within 10 days of each other. 

The service resumed after it launched a safety course for all 360,000 of its users to complete before being able to rent out mopeds.  

The company has rolled out about 3,000 of electric mopeds since 2019, with Lime appearing earlier this year as a competitor with 1,000 scooters and 100 mopeds. 

‘We are devastated to learn of this tragic incident,’ Lime spokesman Russell Murphy said in a statement. 

‘Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We have been in contact with the NYPD and have offered to assist in their investigation however possible.’ 

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