Emily Hartridge was "a radiant light who always found a reason to laugh," her friend wrote on Twitter.
A popular YouTuber died Friday morning when the electric scooter he was riding in collided with a truck in the London borough of Battersea.
Emily Hartridge, 35, became the first fatality related to an e-scooter in Britain, where the government is reviewing laws and public education campaigns around passenger and scooter companies.
Hartridge's death was confirmed on Saturday with a post on his official Instagram account. "Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and died," the post said. "We all loved her in pieces and we will never forget her. She has touched so many lives that it's hard to imagine things without her. "
Hartridge, known for the YouTube videos that accumulated millions of visits, began publishing prolifically on the site seven years ago. She often used the "10 reasons why" format and her series of videos covered topics of relationships and quotes about her sexuality and mental health. Recently, Hartridge had published several videos about the decision to freeze their eggs.
Hartridge went from YouTube's fame to working on British television, including the series "Sketch My Life" and "Holy Shit I'30".
YouTube said he was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss" of the British creator. "Our thoughts and condolences extend to all your loved ones and fanatics," the company wrote in its creators account.
Other YouTubers tweeted that they were sad to learn of Hartridge's death. History aficionado greg jenner I called "Fun, kind and open-hearted" and offered his sympathies to his family. Author Spencer Owen He said"Emily was constantly spreading positively." Celebrity hostess Maude Garrett said she was "struggling to understand" the sudden death of her friend.
"She was a radiant light that always found a reason to laugh," Garrett wrote on Twitter.
Police were notified of the accident at a roundabout involving Hartridge at 8:36 a.m. Friday, according to the Metropolitan Police of London. The police appealed to witnesses and recorded images of cameras of people from the area.
No one was arrested immediately after the accident.
Although it is illegal to ride an e-scooter on roads in the United Kingdom, millions of units have been sold in the country. The UK government is now reviewing its law, and on Monday, transport minister Michael Ellis plans to meet with several e-scooter companies, including Lime, Bird and B Mobility, the Guardian reported.
The government is considering updating its regulations on personal transport devices, according to a UK government policy document published in March. According to the report, the government continues to study how new types of micromobility, including electronic scooters and shared bicycles, could be added safely to the country's urban landscapes.