Police said the owner of a car that may have struck two women riding Bird scooters in downtown Nashville has refused to answer questions without an attorney present.
Police said James Reagon Jr., 34, owns the 2005 Lexus ES 330 that was found overnight in the backyard of a home at 901 Freywood Dr. in Madison. The car was reportedly covered in black plastic, according to police.
Police said officers knocked on the door of the home on Tuesday night and the person who answered the door said the car belonged to his son, Reagon.
Reagon arrived on the scene while officers were on the property.
After being advised of his rights, Reagon refused to answer any questions without an attorney.
Police said no charges have been filed at present and the investigation remains active.
According to police, the women were moving north on 5th Avenue North when the Lexus hit them near Union Street around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. After the crash, the driver then reportedly continued west on Union Street.
Investigators said there are conflicting witness reports about if the Lexus or the scooters had the red light.
Neither woman was wearing a helmet, according to investigators. Lindsey Cowan, 28, of Knoxville, and Rachel Johnson, 27, of Oak Ridge, are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Authorities said they have witness accounts and video from local businesses to help with their investigation.
Bird scooters have come under fire recently in Nashville. Just two days after they made their debut in the area, the city issued a cease and desist letter. In the letter, city officials said the electric scooters were blocking sidewalks and violating several Metro codes. Bird scooters were given 15 days to move the machines. The city said it was working on several measures that could allow them to return.
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