A popular YouTuber died Friday morning when the electric scooter she was riding collided with a truck in London's Battersea district.
Emily Hartridge, 35, became the first reported fatality involving an e-scooter in Britain, where the government is currently reviewing laws and public education campaigns around ridership and scooter companies.
Hartridge’s death was confirmed on Saturday with a post on her official Instagram account. “Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away,” the post said. “We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it’s hard to imagine things without her.”
Hartridge, known for YouTube videos that racked up millions of views, began posting prolifically to the site seven years ago. She often used the format “10 Reasons Why,” and her video series covered topics from relationships and dating to her sexuality and mental health. Recently, Hartridge had posted several videos opening up about her decision to freeze her eggs.
Hartridge went from YouTube fame to working in British TV, including the series “Sketch My Life” and “Holy Shit I’m 30.”
YouTube said it was “deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss” of the British creator. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to all of her loved ones and fans,” the company tweeted on its Creators account.
Other YouTubers tweeted that they were saddened to learn of Hartridge’s death. History buff Greg Jenner called her “funny, kind, and open-hearted” and offered his sympathies to her family. Author Spencer Owen said, “Emily was constantly spreading positivity.” Celebrity host Maude Garrett expressed that she was “struggling to comprehend” her friend’s sudden passing.
“She was a radiant light who always found a reason to laugh,” Garrett tweeted.
Police were notified of the crash at a roundabout involving Hartridge at 8:36 a.m. on Friday, according to London’s Metropolitan Police. Police appealed for witnesses and dash cam footage from people in the area.
No one was immediately arrested after the crash.
Though it is illegal to ride an e-scooter on roads in the UK, millions of units have been sold in the country. The UK government is now reviewing its law, and on Monday, transport minister Michael Ellis is scheduled to meet several e-scooter companies, including Lime, Bird, and Usain Bolt's B Mobility, BuzzFeed News has confirmed.
The government is considering updating its regulations on personal transport devices, a policy paper from the UK government published in March says. According to the report, the government is continuing to study how new types of micromobility, which includes e-scooters as well as shared bikes, could be safely added into urban transport systems in the country.