From the paper:
A North Salem man was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run crash near Silverton High School on Friday morning.(It should be noted the paper's rhetoric is correct, that the human has agency here: None of this "the car left the road and hit the pedestrian" evasiveness. Humans are driving and required to maintain control. Even when it is not done with murderous intent, in the awful catastrophe a human remains the agent.)
Dillon Van Diviner, 22, was driving on the 400 block of Grant Street when he hit a construction worker who was working on a driveway project of a new home, according to a statement released by Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm. Van Diviner continued driving after hitting the construction worker, identified as Bradley Goad, 45, of West Salem. Goad was pronounced dead at the scene.
Update, December 5th
Wow. Apparently "murderous intent" is in fact an issue here. From an update in the paper:
Moments before he struck and killed a West Salem man with his car, the suspect in Friday's fatal hit-and-run in Silverton allegedly smoked marijuana in his car and then intentionally sped toward the victim, officials said.Wow. Just wow.
Dillon Van Diviner, 22, of Salem, was arrested on charges of murder, hit-and-run and DUI after he told police he purposely hit Bradley Goad in Silverton on Friday morning.
Van Diviner told police he ran over Goad because he feared Goad, a 45-year-old construction worker from West Salem, posed a danger to others. Van Diviner did not give any reason for this fear, other than an "intense overwhelming feeling," according to a probable cause statement filed in Marion County.
Since it appears to be a murder with a car as weapon and also probably a mental health matter, it is not so much a road safety matter. It's hard to say there is any amount of better road engineering or other safety changes that could prevent this. Vision Zero and other safety programming almost certainly has nothing further to offer.
Heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Bradly Goad.
One thing that may not have been stressed enough was just how slow is driving around the cones in a parking lot. The test isn't conducted at normal urban driving speeds of 25 to 40 mph - not to mention customary 85th percentile urban speeds of 35 to near 70 mph.
Even when there is emergency room personnel discussing the actual gory facts of trauma and death in addition to the driving experience, I wonder if these cone tests at slow speeds still minimize the true lethality and power of automobiles.
|Food is unexceptional and seems benign, but it's a distraction also|
All of our cultural cues point to faster, more distracted driving.
There's no way enforcement can keep up. Enforcement shouldn't have to keep up. We should have systems in place for slower, safer driving well before we need to invoke enforcement. (That's an important part of vision zero initiatives.)
|We say "troubling"|
but really, how troubled are we?