Man dies after falling off e-scooter in Auckland

A 23-year-old man has died after falling off a Lime e-scooter in central Auckland. 

The incident occurred about 6:15pm on Monday, September 16 on Westhaven Dr, in St Mary's Bay.

The man was initially taken to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition, but police confirmed he passed away on Friday.

Police say the matter will be referred to the coroner. 

They say their "thoughts and prayers are with the man's family at this time".

Auckland Council's director of regulatory services Craig Hobbs told Newshub they are "extremely saddened to hear of this news".

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the young man's family and friends at this difficult time.

"We are currently in the final six weeks of phase two of our trial, and we will soon be evaluating what we have learned and the information we have gathered during the trial. It is too soon to anticipate what the evaluation will conclude."

The death follows an incident in June, when a 58-year-old man died in downtown Auckland while using a Lime scooter.

Although a scooter was taken from the scene of his death as evidence, his death was ruled to be a "medical event".

It was believed to be the first death involving an e-scooter in New Zealand. At the time, a spokesperson for Lime told Newshub the company was "devastated" to hear of the death.

The e-scooters were introduced to New Zealand in late 2018, though the company has faced various hurdles since then.

Mayor Phil Goff ordered a safety review after they were introduced and in February they were temporarily pulled off the streets due to a safety issue.

A recent study also concluded that there could be "serious consequences" as a result of careless e-scooter use.

That study showed that e-scooter victims arriving at hospitals were showing injuries similar to those sustained in car accidents or falls from a great height.