Woman fighting for her life after suffering skull fractures in scooter accident

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SAN DIEGO -- A woman was fighting for her life Sunday after a motorized scooter crash on Saturday left her with a brain bleed and multiple skull fractures.

The crash happened in the Roseville neighborhood on Historic Decatur Road around 9:45 a.m. Saturday, the San Diego Police Department said.

Though police reported that the accident occurred when 50-year-old Karen Riggott's purse got caught in the scooter's handlebars, her husband, Dean Riggott, said she had temporarily taken a hand off the handlebars when she lost control of the scooter. She was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, where her husband says he is hoping she'll pull through.

"The minute she took her hand off the handlebars — I don’t know if it was to adjust something or what — that thing just flipped inside," Riggott told FOX 5. "The minute it curled in, she came off it and she hit her head and bounced up for a moment. Then she just lay flat. I ran as fast as I could to get to her because I knew immediately something was wrong, because there was no movement."

Riggott was fighting back tears as he described the extent of his wife's injuries. "I just want my wife home, I want my son’s mommy home. It’s the love of my life, and I want her back," he said.

In March, a 53-year-old man died in a scooter crash when he lost control of the scooter and suffered serious head injuries.

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