INDIANAPOLIS -- When companies like Bird and Lime brought electric scooters to Indianapolis, Kathryn Kutan says she thought it was an interesting idea – until her 21-year-old son seriously injured himself riding one.
Ty Kutan planned to find a Bird scooter in Broad Ripple and work his way downtown. His mom says he made it to 22nd and Meridian streets, but then hit a small pothole he failed to see.
“He hit the brake and flew over it and landed on his face,” Kutan said.
Ty was left with a broken orbital bone and needed a dozen stitches. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.
“I cannot believe that a scooter that supposedly goes 15 miles per hour could have done that much damage to his face,” Kutan said.
A spokesperson for Bird says the company urges all riders to wear a helmet. Bird also says it provides free helmets to all riders who request one. RTV6 asked how to get a helmet, and was told they are available through the Bird app.