The boyfriend Emily Hartridge has today shared an emotional tribute to YouTube star, who became the first person in Britain to die while riding an electric scooter.
Emily, 35, died after she collided with a lorry near her home in Battersea, south London on Friday morning.
In an emotional video posted on Instagram today, Jacob Hazell paid tribute to his late partner and thanked fans for their support.
The 28-year-old fights back tears as he says: ‘I know Emily was the person who encouraged me to talk about how I was feeling I just want to put a video out here to say thank you and let people know I’m okay.
‘I love you all and I love Emily and I appreciate the support, so thank you.’
In a recent online post, Emily gushed she and Jake were hoping to start a family together, adding: ‘Jake is incredible and I feel beyond grateful to have him in my life.’
Mr Hazell choked back tears as he shared a message on social media, thanking fans for their support in the wake of losing his partner Emily (pictured together)
Jacob Hazell, 28, has taken to Instagram today to pay tribute to his late partner Emily Hartridge
The presenter was killed after the e-scooter she was riding was involved in a collision with a HGV in Battersea, south west London on Friday morning (pictured, the scene of the crash)
The 35-year-old social media star’s tragic death is thought to be the first involving an e-scooter
In the video Jacob adds: ‘I am fine and I just want to say thank you for all the nice messages.’
Footage has since re-emerged of Emily bringing together her family and friends for the Channel 4 series, ‘Oh S***, I’m 30’, which aired in 2016.
The TV presenter was described as ‘one of a kind’ during a mock funeral service she hosted for a TV show three years before she was tragically killed.
In the show, Emily is described as a young woman who is single, has no career path and living in her overdraft.
As a way of trying to deal with her ‘quarter-life crisis’ and insecurities, Emily hosted her own memorial service to hear what others had to say about her.
Her younger sister, Jessica, is seen overcome with emotion as she gushed about her beloved sibling.
She said: ‘She’s always been very special, even at a young age. Whenever I watch our family video back she’s always bouncing around trying to get everyone’s attention.
‘If anyone asks me to sum Emily up in one word, I would always say kind. And that is why I love her so much. There really is no one like my sister, she really is one of a kind and I wouldn’t have her any other way.’
Emily Hartridge hosted her own mock funeral for a Channel 4 show which aired in 2016
Family and friends paid tribute to Emily in the memorial service for TV show, ‘Oh S***, I’m 30’
The fake funeral was held three years before Emily’s tragic death on an electric scooter
Emily is seen overcome with emotion as her sister gushes about her during the service
Goosebumps: Emily confesses that hearing others talk lovingly about her was very touching
Emily confessed that at age 30, she isn’t entirely happy with her life and said: ‘I don’t hate myself but it’s not like I wake up and think ‘I love me’.
‘I do feel like I live life in a lot of fear, I wish I could handle stress a lot better. I really want to be one of those positive people, but I’m just really pessimistic.’
After watching her own funeral, which features a large picture of Emily surrounded by candles, she is left feeling touched by everyone’s sentiments.
‘That made me feel so nice, literally my hairs were standing up on end from that. I do waste a lot of time worrying about things that I have no control over.
‘Even though I am single at 30, I have really nice people in my life that really care about me,’ she adds.
YouTube star Emily Hartridge was killed in a tragic accident on Friday, her Instagram reports
Emily Hartridge (pictured) regularly attracted more than three million viewers a month on her YouTube channel. She also has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram
Five years on, Emily’s professional and personal life were both on the up. She attracted more than 340,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she would post an episode of her show, 10 Reasons Why… every Monday, and boasted more than 40,000 followers on Instagram.
In recent years she had interviewed the likes of Russell Brand, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne, as well as hosting Virgin Media’s first YouTube Channel, The Snap.
A police officer gathers a helmet and places it in an evidence bag close to the scene where Emily Hartridge died on Friday morning
The crash happened at Queen’s Circus roundabout, which has been the scene of other fatal incidents involving trucks and vulnerable road users
Emily was also in a stable relationship with boyfriend Jacob Hazell, 28, and planned to start a family with him.
In a recent online post, she said: ‘Jake is incredible and I feel beyond grateful to have him in my life.’
Ms Hartridge with her boyfriend Jacob Hazell. She wrote about Jacob in May saying: ‘Jake is incredible and I feel beyond grateful to have him in my life’
Emily Hartridge’s death was announced on her Instagram page, in a post saying ‘she had touched so many lives’
On Wednesday, Emily Hartridge posted a video about the benefits of dating a younger man
Her tragic death was announced on the 35-year-old social media star’s Instagram account on Saturday.
A message posted said: ‘Hi everyone. This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once.
‘Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten.
‘She has touched so many lives it’s hard to imaging things without her.
‘She was a very special person.’
A message posted on her Instagram page announced the news to her thousands of fans
Davina McCall led tributes to the young presenter. She wrote: ‘My heart goes out to Emily’s family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers.’
Davina McCall led tributes to the YouTube star. She wrote: ‘My heart goes out to Emily’s family and friends. Such a shock. Sending you love and prayers’
BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark tweeted: ‘Really sad to hear the news about Emily Hartridge. She was such a top girl, so talented and a heart of gold’
Television personality Calum Best – son of footballer George Best – wrote: ‘Jesus Christ no way this is so sad I’m so sorry.’
Instagram influencer Maddie Bruce also paid tribute, saying: ‘I honestly can’t believe this.
Can you legally use an e-scooter on the road or on the pavement?
According to the Department of Transport, e-scooters are classed as ‘powered transporters’ and meet the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’.
They must meet a number of requirements to be used on the road, including having insurance and conforming to ‘technical standards.’
As they do not, they are considered illegal to use on roads in Britain.
The Metropolitan Police said it is illegal to use e-scooters on the road and riders risk being fined, having penalty points on their licence, or having their e-scooters seized by police.
The Department of Transport said e-scooters are covered by the 1988 Road Traffic Act, which also includes Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels’.
The ban does not apply to electrically-assisted pedal bicycles.
E-scooters are banned from using pavements under the 1835 Highway Act, but can be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.
‘Sending her friends and family so much love I absolutely loved Emily’s account it was so full of light and positivity.’
Television presenter Zoe Hardman said: ‘Absolutely devastating news. Finding it so hard to understand how this could happened.
‘All my thoughts are with her family.’
BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark tweeted: ‘Really sad to hear the news about Emily Hartridge. She was such a top girl, so talented and a heart of gold.
‘Just makes you remember to live every day like your last. Thinking of her close friends and family with this tragic news. RIP Emily.’
Emily’s death comes just days after Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown warned of the dangers of the scooters, which are illegal in the UK to ride on the road and pavement, adding that new legislation was ‘inevitable’.
In an interview with the Evening Standard: ‘I was on the Millennium Bridge the other night and there was some guy on an electric scooter rocketing down the middle. I did think to myself ‘This is actually not that safe.’
‘I think we have to get some guidance between us and the Department for Transport, because it’s not just a London phenomenon, it’s all over the country.’
Ms Hartridge had more than 340,000 YouTube subscribers to her channel and a big presence on Twitter and Instagram
Television presenter Zoe Hardman wrote: ‘Absolutely devastating news. Finding it so hard to understand how this could have happened. All my thoughts are with her family’
In a recent Instagram post, Ms Hartridge celebrated Pride in London. She is pictured alongside her friends on Saturday, July 6