Emily Hartridge death – YouTube and Instagram star killed in UK’s first fatal electric scooter accident aged 35 as Davina McCall leads tributes – The Sun

A TV presenter and YouTube star has been killed in the first ever fatal electric scooter crash in the UK.

Emily Hartridge died on Friday morning after her electric scooter collided with a lorry less than half a mile from her home in Battersea, South London.

Davina McCall was among the celebrities to lead tributes to the star after news of her death broke.

Emily's family were too upset to speak when contacted by Sun Online at their home in Hampshire today.

The 35-year-old had fronted Channel 4 programme 'S***, I'm 30' and a host of online shows.

Emily had also built up a huge social media following with more than 340,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Just four months ago, she spoke to The Sun about her decision to freeze her eggs and her hopes of becoming a mum.

A statement on her Instagram page said: "Hi everyone. This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once.

"Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten.

"She has touched so many lives it's hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person xxx."


Emily built up a huge following with her health and lifestyle advice and campaigning on mental health.

In her final YouTube post just four days before her death she uploaded a video about her 'wonderful' relationship with boyfriend Jake Hazell, 27.

Fans and fellow celebrities paid tribute to Emily, originally from Waterlooville, Hants, on social media.

TV legend Davina McCall said: "My heart goes out to Emily's family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers."

Made in Chelsea star Ashley James said: "Sending you all so much love. So devastated."

Reality TV regular Calum Best wrote: Jesus Christ no way this is so sad I'm so sorry."

Emily was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision just after 8.30am on Friday.

Police are appealing for information about the crash and have asked anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.

In 2016, Emily filmed a programme for All 4 in which she hosted her own funeral after having a 'quarter life crisis'.

She said at the time: "I do feel like I live life in a lot of fear, I wish I could handle stress a lot better. I really want to be one of those positive people, but I'm just really pessimistic."

The crash is believed to be the first fatal collision involving an electric scooter in the UK.

The vehicles can currently only be legally used on private land but the policy could be reversed as the Department for Transport carries out a review.

There have been no arrests in connection with the investigation.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at 08:36hrs on Friday, 12 July to reports of an electric scooter being in collision with a lorry at Queenstown Road, junction with Battersea Park Road SW8.

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. A woman in her 30s had suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

"Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any dash cam footage is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 1979/12 June or Tweet @MetCC."

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