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There is seldom a single, simple cause for a collision. In this case, there's nothing to explain why either the lady stepped out in front of an oncoming car, nor why the driver of the car failed to stop, or swerve, to avoid the collision.

One of my neighbors was hit by a car here as she pushed a baby stroller across the street, in a crosswalk. The question is, why didn't the driver stop? Perfect visibility, broad daylight, low speed. But the driver hit the pedestrian, and the MPD, bizarrely, ticketed the pedestrian for crossing without a "walk" signal. Why didn't the driver just stop? No explanation for that, and no MPD citation, either.

Something else was going on in these cases that led to the collision. It's not just rotten road design. Distracted pedestrian? Distracted driver? Both? This collision was plainly preventable, despite the road design.

by Jack on Dec 2, 2012 9:50 am • linkreport

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