Nina Kapur, a 26-year-old reporter in New York City, died after she fell from a moped that had been rented from Revel, a popular moped sharing service.
She is currently recovering from the trauma that the incident has imposed on her. It is of the most misfortune that a reporter in the journalist field has to suffer a fate which is both unnecessary and not needed by her/his profession. That fate befell on Nina Kapur, who was a promising reporter from the CBS affiliate in the regional station: “We are heartbroken here at CBS2 as a member of our news family has passed away,” CBS New York, a CNN affiliate, said in a statement on Sunday. “Reporter Nina Kapur joined the team in June 2019 and was known for her contagious smile and love for storytelling.”
Kapur was allegedly riding with a companion who had “swerved for an unknown reason” at that particular Saturday evening in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, according to NYPD spokeswoman Denise Moroney. Kapur and the driver fell to the roadway, and while the driver sustained minor injuries, Kapur was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to further queries. The investigation is ongoing, Moroney said. Neither were wearing helmets.
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Similar to the electric scooter rentals that have popped up nationwide, people can use a Revel moped by simply downloading an app and unlocking the nearest one for $1.
They’re currently available in New York, Austin, Texas, Miami, Oakland, California, and Washington D.C. Anyone over 21 and with a valid license can drive one. Revels only go up to 30 miles per hour and riding on highways and major bridges is not allowed, according to Revel’s website.
Helmets, which the company says are cleaned “with COVID-19-effective disinfectants,” are provided in the trunk of the moped.
In a statement to CNN, a Revel spokesperson said the company was “actively investigating this incident” and working with the NYPD in its investigation as well.
“Revel extends deepest sympathies to Nina Kapur’s family and loved ones for their loss,” the spokesperson added.Before Kapur joined CBS New York as an on air reporter, she had worked at News 12 in Connecticut. “News 12 staff members are remembering Kapur for her incredible work ethic, as well as her sense of humor and smile,” the station shared.
Her fellow journalists took to Twitter to remember her.“@NinaKapur was vivacious and had big plans for the future. Funny, fashionable, and often the first person to like a picture on social media,” Suzanne Goldklang of News12 tweeted.
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