Cary Marie Fairchild died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
But according to a recent article in The Oregonian, the Newberg-Dundee bypass and Woodburn I-5 interchange expansion sucked up resources that would have been used for the installation:
In 2011, a small pot of money became available [for the cable barriers on I-5] when a Corvallis safety project was canceled. [Tim] Potter, the ODOT manager wrote on Jan. 12, 2012, that construction on the I-5 cable barrier project should begin in the summer, bringing the section into "compliance with current ODOT standards."When we consider projects like the Third Bridge/Salem Alternative, we should consider the opportunity costs: Money and time we spend on capacity increases are money and time not available for safety improvements.
But in June 2012, ODOT officials postponed the project because there were not enough resources, Potter said. The reason: The Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009, a massive $800-million spending bill adopted by the Legislature to raise the state gas tax and DMV fees in the name of creating 40,000 jobs.
The headline-making law promised that specific projects coveted by lawmakers would be completed on tight timelines. Specifically, the Newberg-Dundee bypass and Woodburn's I-5 interchange took up money and staff that otherwise would have gone to the I-5 safety project, Potter said.
"The Legislature provided the money for those but there was also a time commitment," he said. "Those two big projects just dominated the resources. In fact, on Newberg I still have resources tied up."
New capacity hinders our ability to preserve and maintain existing capacity, and it also hinders our ability to protect road users.
Three drivers hit people on foot
Friday night in the seven o'clock hour, right in the gloaming it seems, three reports of drivers crashing into people on foot came in.
A woman in a wheelchair was heading west across Liberty Road S at Browning Avenue S when a vehicle turning from Browning Avenue onto southbound Liberty struck her, Lt. Dave Okada said.An elderly man was trying to cross Commercial Street SE at Ratcliff, right by the old Safeway, where Commercial is five lanes, there is no marked crosswalk, and the nearest crosswalks with lights are at Madrona and Vista, 2000 feet or more apart. No additional news about citiations or fault was released.
The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
Finally, a person died when a driver hit them on Center Street at Illinois NE. There is an adjacent pedestrian median with marked crosswalks, and Center Street here is only one lane in each direction with a center turn pocket, though east-bound as it approaches Hawthorne it flares to multiple lanes, and sometimes the west-bound merge induces zooming as drivers try to be first in line. Additional relevant details will surely emerge on this.
Strange Hit and Run
But it is very interesting that the urge to drive one's child just up the hill to school seemingly trumped the urge to stay behind and render aid and assistance to an injured child.
The husband not involved in the crash couldn't walk the child up to school? Maybe the child's disabled, and needs driving.
There's lots we don't know.
But apart from details about who should have done what, and what existing friendships may have been honored or trampled upon, this is also a story about the pervasive autoism in driving one's child to school.