Court releases shocking footage of Lime scooter crash that led to Auckland man's conviction

The courts have released a shocking video of an electric scooter accident that became a national test case.

The scooter rider was convicted for careless use of the machine, but now Newshub can reveal why.

The victim, who's still recovering after 20 months, wants people to see it.

It's a busy Auckland day in June 2019 and an unhelmeted Mitchell McIntyre is travelling at quite a lick on his rented Lime scooter, almost keeping pace with the bus as he passes pedestrians on the pavement.

At the same time, 63-year-old Debra Christensen is waiting to get off the bus.

He's on the right approaching quickly. His image can be seen reflected on the side of the bus on the left. Two seconds later they collide.

Christensen told the court the speed pummelled her.

"I have no recollection of hitting the ground," she said.

"The Lime scooter hit me at approximately 28km [per hour] and it turned me into a human spear where I ended up flying through the air and I ended up face down on the pavement under the bus."

As soon as it happened, McIntyre rushed to help - but moments later, a passenger can be seen remonstrating with him as he lies dazed on the footpath.

McIntyre was fined $4000 but kept his driver's licence.

Twenty months later, Christensen is struggling. She has injuries to her cheek, her ribs and hips are still healing, and psychologically she says she has a pretty short wick.

She hasn't had the courage to get back on board a bus, but told the court she wanted everyone to see the pictures of her accident because it would be "helpful".

Lime scooters were introduced to Auckland seven months before the accident, and withdrawn six months later over safety concerns.

"Be aware that the general public consists of all kinds of people - young, old, babies, children, animals, the unexpected - so ride with a bit more caution please," Christensen said.

"But they are fun."  

They're fun, but the growth of micro-transportation services means this is unlikely to remain the only case of its kind.