Another victim has been claimed by Revel’s negligence and greed: Chris Llerins, co-founder of Holistic Kids Foundation and our own daughter. This up-and-coming filmmaker/model’s life was turned inside out by a tragic moped accident in San Francisco. The most tragic part? She wasn’t even the one in the driver’s seat.
Her friend thought it would be fun to get around on an electric moped for a day trip in the city. Chris hopped on for the ride, unaware that the Revel helmet she’d been given and the Revel moped they were riding were both UNSAFE FOR PUBLIC ROADS. While turning at an intersection, they lost control of their moped and crashed. Chris barely escaped with her life, but she suffered severe head trauma, spinal trauma, and nearly went blind when her face was shattered in multiple places.
Before the crash, Chris graduated from the AFI Conservatory with a Master’s degree and a rising career as a filmmaker/model. She followed her dreams with passion and joy. Those dreams have been destroyed by her injuries.
All Chris and her friend needed to rent a moped was a standard driver’s license and a smartphone to access the Revel app. Even a thirteen-year-old could get a set of wheels with little interference. Driving a moped is nothing like driving a car, and Revel’s electric mopeds are no exception: an over-powerful accelerator combined with small, unstable wheels make these vehicles incredibly dangerous. When Revel pairs this danger with low-quality non-integral helmet wear, they lull their drivers and passengers into a false sense of security. These non-integral helmets DO NOT PROTECT THE FACE, NECK, AND HEAD.
The DMV has specific laws in place regarding moped construction, maintenance, and licensure; but these laws DON’T APPLY to rental vehicles. REVEL takes advantage of the law's gray areas to avoid liability for their clients’ accidents. The rental company pairs this avoidance with inadequate insurance policies that DON’T COVER the magnitude of costs for their client's injuries.
Revel allows their clients to drive WITHOUT training or specialized licensure; they wrongly allow their clients to drive with passengers aboard their mopeds, and they intentionally construct their rental mopeds with the power and speed of a Vespa motorcycle without incorporating ANY of the necessary safety features. We have posted a petition through Change Dot ORG to address these failings of the law. Revel has knowingly carved a path of injury and death from San Francisco to New York in pursuit of their greedy ambitions.
This is no isolated incident: Revel’s accident rate has been proven historically accurate. New York Mayor De Blasio himself once shut Revel’s services down in 2020 after an unacceptably high accident record of over one hundred injuries and three deaths. They’ve brought pain and misery to countless families, including our own.
Our daughter Chris has already undergone her second facial implant surgery and is overwhelmed with medical debt. She needs additional facial reconstruction surgeries, physical therapy for the injuries to her back and hands, and emotional therapy to come to terms with the trauma to her person and her life’s course. This only scratches the surface in explaining the consequences this accident bears on Chris’ life.
Revel has not accepted moral or financial responsibility for Chris’ accident, and her family has sunken into debt for her recovery. So we implore you here and now to show Chris the compassion Revel has refused:
DONATE to Chris Llerins’ medical fund. Chris CANNOT complete the surgeries necessary for her full recovery without your help.
Even if you find yourselves unable to help financially, please sign our petition at Change.org. It’ll cost you nothing more than a minute of your time and will save lives.
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