One reader writes in with the story of another from this past Friday morning at around 8:00 am. It doesn't involve a cyclist, but it is nonetheless relevant
I was on my motorcycle in the right lane, northbound, and part of a pack of about 4-5 cars going approximately 30-35mph (no really, it’s true). Since we were already going kinda slow, at least one of the lead cars in the group decided to stop for two peds in the crosswalk. Being on my motorcycle, I was keen to avoid getting rear-ended, so I slowed and repeatedly tapped my brakes and moved to the outer-right side of the road. As I was checking my mirror, I heard the car in the left lane at the crosswalk squeal its tires and I saw legs fly in the air. Thankfully, traffic had pretty much already stopped, so the driver who hit the pedestrian wasn’t going very fast. I called 911 and the medics showed up very quickly. The ped looked to be okay when the ambulance took him away…he was conscious and able to sit up, but he clearly had taken a good blow to the head, as he couldn’t remember what happened to him (although he was able to tell me how old he was when 911 asked me). Since I was in the right lane and focused on my mirrors, I couldn’t tell exactly why the driver hit the guy, since the bunch of cars had come to a stop. I think maybe the woman didn’t see the stop, hit the brakes, and swerved and hit the guy while he was on the path…but that’s just a guess. She also may have seen the first ped cross, then re-accelerated, not realizing a second guy was on the road. Maybe a report somewhere has better details. As the Park Police were taking my statement, they remarked at how horrible that intersection is…not that much is being done to fix it, but I guess it’s something that they know there’s a problem.