Please, people

Life is dangerous enough without being reckless. Floret Kusi-Davies is dead and her child in critical condition after she attempted to cross the street without being within a crosswalk. WaPo reports she was also wearing dark clothing and rain had begin to fall.

If it’s important you get somewhere quick, being dead will make it even worse. Wait for the light.

I feel a physical pain thinking about how that baby is going to be motherless if it survives, and the poor person who did nothing wrong is going to have to live with the memory of striking and killing another human being. What could possibly be worth the chance of that kind of thing happening to you?

9 Comments so far

  1. Sligo (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    Plus they will probably be sued.

  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    Yes, I cannot understand this phenomenon of people crossing the road and putting themselves, and in this case, their child, in harm’s way.

    Though looking at the map above, it looks like these are major roadways that aren’t meant for pedestrians to be walking nor crossing them. Whatever the circumstance, people need to be educated about the dangers, though obvious, and presented with alternative ways of reaching their intended destination without dying.

    It is ironic and sad – trying to save time when in the end, time is up sooner than what you were trying to save it for.

  3. poo poo (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    even on pedestrian croswalks, it’s important to be careful.

    *right* outside my work, two people were decapitated crossing the street because some dude in a car had a seizure. they figured he’d stop for them (it’s a law in dc that cars have to stop for peds), but it’s kind of hard to steer clear of pedestrians with your eyes rolled up into your head….

  4. Anon (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    If you really want to place blame somewhere, place it on the civil planners that created this situation in the first place. Suburban sprawl creates this situation. So much of NoVa and MD is a wasteland of six lane highways through residential neighborhoods. I get depressed just looking at the satelite photo of this intersection.

  5. Wayan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    Money-crazed planners & developers build whole cities designed for cars. Time-crunched suburban drivers then fly down them at crazy speeds. Pedestrians then have to play Farifax Frogger across crazy lanes of traffic.

    And when one gets hit you call ’em “crazy”. Just who is nuts here?

  6. Don (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    I don’t want to blame anyone, Anon, and I agree with you that there’s very poor attention paid to making for safe paths for pedestrians. However in the end we all have to take responsibility for doing everything we can to keep ourselves safe – nobody else can possibly be more motivated to safeguard your safety than you.

    So I just wanted to draw attention to just how bad it can go when you decide to sacrifice your options, however poor, for the sake of a few minutes.

  7. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    Wayan’s right. But these crazy and irresponsible developers wouldn’t be building these car-centric communities if people didn’t flock to them like flies to shit.

  8. Wayan (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    Hy Hy just said “Wayan’s right”? I think I’ve just been hit by a car myself.

  9. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    I agree with Don. Responsibility goes to everyone.

    Developers wouldn’t be allowed to do this, if communities would get involved during the planning review process. Instead of being complacent and complaining about it, people need to attend these meetings, hear what is going on and protest if the plans are not safe nor conducive to good community living. The alternative is letting the people who work for you (i.e. county and city planners, county supervisors, board members) know that they should be looking out for your interest.

    There are developers looking to make quality of life part of their vision but areas where development has happened before there were review boards and agencies that handle these issues, the community will have to rally to get a footbridge built so these accidents don’t happen any more.

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