A Kings Park man crashed an electric scooter Monday night in Smithtown and died, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
The man, later identified as 29-year-old Ryan Clancy, had been operating a Kaabo Wolf Warrior X model scooter northbound on Route 25A, south of Willow Ridge Drive “when he lost control of the scooter, which struck the right curb, causing him to fall off the scooter and strike his head on the pavement” at about at 8 p.m., the department wrote in a news release.
Clancy was pronounced dead at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.
Clancy was not wearing a helmet, according to the police press office. (State law requires helmets only for riders who are 16 or 17).
“He was in the roadway and went off the road when he struck the curb,” the office wrote in an email. He was believed to be traveling about 40 mph, the email said.
According to the Kaaba website, the scooter is capable of going a top speed of 62 miles per hour, with a range of 100 miles on a single charge.
According to a 2023 study in the journal Scientific Reports, falls were the main “mechanism of injury” in about 82% of e-scooter cases. “Patients regularly reported uneven pavement (e.g., sidewalk, cobblestone) or a slippery road (e.g., rain, foliage) to have caused the fall,” the paper said.
Details of the road conditions weren’t disclosed in the Smithtown crash.