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E-scooter rider struck and killed by tow truck in NJ

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Just a few weeks after a New Jersey town introduced the Lime electric scooter, a teen riding one of them was struck and killed by a tow truck Wednesday night, friends of the victim told PIX11.

It happened at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and South Spring Street. 

Video shows the Lime scooter tossed onto the sidewalk. 

The tow truck remained at the scene.

The circumstances leading to the incident were not immediately known.

A Lime spokesperson said the company is "absolutely devastated by this tragedy," and they are "in close contact with Elizabeth officials and stand ready to assist in any way."

PIX11 reached out to Elizabeth police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office for comment. 

Lime electric scooters began operating in Elizabeth earlier this month, with hundreds made available across the city. Residents and visitors can rent one of the e-scooters for $1 plus $.20 per minute of ride time. Those riding Lime scooters must be at least 18 years or older.

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