At approx. 5:27pm., Friday, 12/26/14; Salem Police responded to a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic crash on Summer St. NE near E St NE. On arrival of police, fire and medics it was determined that the pedestrian was deceased at scene.Last night police identified the man and have asked for help with next of kin:
The name of the deceased is being with held pending notification to next of kin.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Guadalupe GARCIA, 42yrs of Salem. Garcia was operating a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.
The investigation revealed that Garcia was traveling south on Summer St. NE, which is a two lane, 30mph, one way street, near E St. NE. As Garcia continued driving south of E St. NE approx 25 yds., the pedestrian walked out into the path of her vehicle and was struck.
Garcia remained at the crash scene and is cooperating with Traffic Control Unit investigators. There is no indication of any impairment of Garcia, the driver. Nor is there any indication of excessive speed involved.
Summer St. NE was re-opened for normal traffic flow at 9:00pm.
Once next of kin notification of the deceased has been made, an update press release will be sent out.
Traffic Unit investigators have released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed in a traffic crash which occurred at 5:27pm Friday, 12/26/14 on Summer St. NE near "E" St. NE. The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Michael Allen Johnson, 63 yrs., (dob: 02/25/1951), a white male adult. All avenues in attempting to notify next of kin have been unsuccessful. Should anyone have any information concerning Michael Johnson's next of kin or a relative are asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Unit at 503-588-6171.There is much we don't know. It seems likely he was doing what we now call "jaywalking," but even if the person on foot was walking very carelessly, a crash at the ostensibly "modest" and legal speed of 30mph has killed a man, and reminds us why we should consider an urban speed limit of 20mph.
For long we have known speed exponentially compounds catastrophe in crashes.
|1940s Stopping Distance Poster|
Iowa State Safety Council
|2000s Stopping Distance Poster - City of Portland|
|Odds of fatality by speed:|
20mph - 5%
30mph - 40%
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Speed kills, and we have a system that unfairly punishes the errors of people on foot.
Our roads are designed to forgive and protect a 10mph error by a person in a car. Our roads and legal system routinely permit deaths at 30mph when people on foot make a mistake. As long as there is no impairment and no speeding, the death is legal and an acceptable cost for using the roads.
This is not a just and safe transportation system. This is a pure expression of pedestrian impedance and hydraulic autoism.
A Different Crash, Friday the 19th
Here's another one.
You might recall this crash. From the paper:
Two people suffered head injuries in a pedestrian-involved crash in downtown Salem early Friday morning.4245 Drivers Daily Speed
Salem Police responded to the incident at 12:03 a.m., said Sgt. Mike Johnson.
Their investigation found that two people, an adult woman and a 12-year-old boy, were leaving the downtown movie theater and crossed the crosswalk at Marion and High streets NE when a vehicle struck them.
Both victims were taken to Salem Hospital, the woman with a head injury and the boy with an ankle injury. However, the boy was later diagnosed with a head injury and flown by Life Flight to Oregon Health and Science University, Johnson said.
Police said the driver involved in the crash was compliant at the scene and did not appear to be impaired.
No citations were issued and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
by More than 10mph -
They do not Die
You may recall some of speed data from the middle Commercial study. At one count site, 4245 drivers daily speed more than 10mph over the posted limit.
|Speeding is a problem here|
Do we really 14 foot travel lanes?
Presentation Slides, Dec 11th
The road is not engineered for people on foot and on bike; they are interlopers and when they make mistakes they pay disproportionately.