Following the conclusion of an inquest at Oxford Coroner's Court, the family of Bradley Visser, who died in an electric skateboard accident in July last year, have released the following tribute.
Bradley's wife Annabel wants to highlight the dangers of using electric skateboards on public roads in the hope that Bradley's death will raise awareness and prevent future tragedies.
Bradley passed away following an incident on 17 July 2019 on Main Street, Stoke Row, Oxfordshire.
Bradley, who was 38-years-old, was riding an electric skateboard, when he fell from it, causing a serious head injury.
Sadly, Bradley died in hospital on Saturday 27 July.
Oxfordshire’s deputy coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure at the inquest, which concluded on 13 February.
Bradley’s wife, Annabel, said: “Although Brad was adventurous and loved his toys, had he known that being on a public highway on his electric skateboard was actually a road traffic offence, he would never have been on the road that evening.
“In our grief, we hope that in future, other electric skateboarders, scooter and hoverboard users will now be more aware of the laws and the risks, so that no other family has to endure the sadness of losing a loved one in this way.
“Brad was a superb, fun husband, and a magical loving father to both Ozzie and Chloe. He had a huge heart and was already with a smile and to help anyone in need.
“If anything positive can come from this tragic loss, spreading awareness of road safety, we would feel that his death would not be such an absolute waste of a brilliant life.”
PC Mark Dunne, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Three Miles Cross added: “These electric skateboards and similar devices are not currently legal on roads, or in any public place.
“They should only be used on private land with the land owner’s permission.
“These skateboards are capable of speeds in excess of 20mph and safety equipment should always be worn.
“As a result of this tragedy, the deputy Oxfordshire coroner has said they will be writing to the Government department responsible, highlighting the risks and lack of public understanding on the use of similar devices.
“Our thoughts remain with Bradley’s family, and hope that the conclusion of this inquest will bring about some closure for them from this tragic accident.”
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