Image courtesy of James Calder.
You’ve probably already seen the many reports on this accident last night. I’ve been having a hard time with this because it is literally close to home – I live two blocks away. I’ve probably stood where the pedestrians were standing when an out-of-control drunk driver came careening into them.
Although Dave Jamieson at TBD on Foot rightly questions recently published statistics (I’ve never been too good at math), there is no doubt that DC has long been dangerous for pedestrians, and there is plenty of evidence to back it up.
It’s rare to have a conversation about accidents involving a car and a pedestrian or bicycle without someone wanting to place the blame on the pedestrian or cyclist. (Check out the comments in any of Greater Greater Washington’s posts on the subject.) Pedestrians jay walk or ignore signals, cyclists roll through red lights and stop signs. All sides are guilty of being distracted from time to time.
But the only person who could have prevented the horrific accident last night was the driver.