Friday night (technically very early Saturday) Travis Lane was killed while walking and attempting to cross the Salem Parkway at Cherry.
But the next day's story (clip above) has utterly desolating detail:Pedestrian killed in hit and run on Salem Parkway http://t.co/B2ayXSuwPC— Statesman Journal (@Salem_Statesman) May 23, 2015
At 12:25 a.m., the Salem Police Department received a report that a pedestrian was hit on Salem Parkway at Cherry Avenue NE. Lane was found dead when officers arrived.The hit-and-run compounds the error, but crossing the Parkway at night, even in a marked crosswalk, and even with sober drivers, is treacherous: There's no room for error.
The initial investigation did not determine where Lane was when he was struck, but Tim Hammond said Lane wasn’t the kind of guy to jaywalk.
While Lane was hanging out at Stefanie Hammond’s, his two best friends — Chris Hammond and Travis Malm — were hanging out at his home.
At 3 a.m., police officers knocked on Chris Hammond’s home, saying Lane had been hit by a car.
Several hours after the crash, Malm’s sister, Kimberly Malm, was arrested in connection to the crash on charges of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and failure to perform the duties of a driver. [italics added]
For drivers at highway speeds, reaction time + stopping distance makes it nearly impossible to avoid other objects in the road. Add impairment to reaction time and there may have been no correction whatsoever.
For people on foot, highway speeds are certain to crush and kill you. (Remember, even at 40mph, a car is nearly certain kill a person on foot.)When we choose urban street design speed, we choose how many peds it's OK to kill in a crash http://t.co/lletYPL1Oi pic.twitter.com/LDdcQUt8tO— Jeffrey Tumlin (@jeffreytumlin) April 7, 2015
|They knew better|
That the driver was almost certainly not a stranger, and would likely know of Lane's walking habits, is a cruel, cruel irony.
But it underscores the dangers of speed and autoism. Cars kill. Full Stop. Traffic speeds in urban areas should not be highway speeds.
I think this is the fourth walking death this year. Drivers killed The Crosslands and David McGregor while they were out walking in January.
(Jeffrey Tumlin gave a talk in Salem two years ago, you may recall.)
Bad Crash near McNary
Additionally, McNary students apparently leaving school for the weekend crashed on Lockhaven. From the magnitude of the crash and resulting injuries, it seems difficult to conclude the kids were observing safe neighborhood speeds.
Crash in Keizer injures 3 high school students http://t.co/Z01iLsKwyX— Statesman Journal (@Salem_Statesman) May 23, 2015