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Chula Vista mom defying grim prognosis after scooter accident

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 14:55:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - One month after a scooter accident nearly killed his wife, a Chula Vista man says she's pulling through.

Dean Riggott says he watched as his wife Karen fell off a Bird scooter, her head crashing into the pavement.

"She hit the back of her head with such force and ferocity, that scooter threw her with such force, that she only hit the back of her head, and broke the bones all the way around the side of her face to the front of her eyes, above her eyes," said Dean.

Doctors told Dean to expect the worse, that she would likely not survive the head trauma.

"I cry literally every morning, every morning."

But Dean says his wife is a force of nature and is now defying the odds.

"She can open her eyes, and she can even smile if you let her know you're in the room, and you're here for her."

Karen has some movement in her arms and legs but still cannot support herself.

"Unfortunately the families who's lives have been damaged by these scooters, it's going to be a reminder and a remainder in their life for a long, long time," said Dean.

While Dean's focus is on his wife's recovery, he can't help but warn others about the dangers of scooters.

"It's pretty simple. When people are dying, something is wrong."

He's reached out to all nine city council members asking for help; so far only three have responded to his pleas for action against scooter companies.

Until there are stricter scooter regulations, Dean hopes Karen's story will remind people to think twice about riding them.