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Friday, August 12, 2022

UF student hospitalized after scooter accident

A UF student was seriously injured after she lost control of her scooter early Tuesday morning.

Sarah Rimbey, 21, was traveling west on Northwest Eighth Avenue near Hogtown Creek shortly after 1 a.m. Rimbey struck the median causing her to lose control of her scooter and crash in the eastbound lane of Northwest Eighth Avenue near the 3100 block, GPD spokesperson Ben Tobias wrote in an email.

Police said it did not look like Rimbey was wearing a helmet during the accident. She sustained serious facial injuries and several cuts to her head and body, Tobias said.

Rimbey was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital where she is being monitored but is in stable condition. Police are continuing to investigate the crash, Tobias said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Rimbey is a non-degree-seeking exchange student from Canada, UF spokesperson John Hines wrote in an email.

She is studying economics, according to her LinkedIn profile.

In an effort to prevent injuries from driving scooters, New Scooters 4 Less donated helmets to University Police in an unrelated event at their Southwest 13th Street location hours after the accident. UF Public Safety tweeted about the donation and encouraged students to pick up free helmets from UPD headquarters.


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