The eternal gruesome joke goes something like this: If you wanna kill somebody and get away with it, use a car. These days the “joke” might need to be updated to reflect how many high-profile SUVs and trucks are on the road, but the seeming endless veracity that walking deaths often involve hit-and-run drivers who… Read More If You Wanna Get Away with Murder: The Case of Ronald Nez
I visited the “Shops at Nob Hill” and surrounding intersections this past weekend, site where cyclist Stanley Atkinson was killed a week ago today. It was eye-opening. Not living in the area, I don’t much frequent this shopping center that includes a Sprout’s grocery and Weck’s restaurant. While I had heard from others about its… Read More Site Cyclist Killed Last Week Just Roadway Injuries/Deaths Waiting to Happen
Had a chance to ride up to and around a few elementary schools yesterday, as I made my way from home in the South Valley up to Tramway and Central. “Snagged” Bandelier, Emerson, Hawthorne, Whittier, and Zia, having already checked Bandelier ES out via Google in a recent blogpost. As anyone who has lived here… Read More More Elementary School ADA Violations and How You Can Help
The preliminary Albuquerque Police Department report on the crash that killed 69-year-old Stanley Atkinson this past Monday cites its primary cause as “pedestrian error.” A closer look illustrates the lack of logic in such a finding and insight into how deeply biased law enforcement tilts for drivers and against anyone else using our roadways. The… Read More Was it “Pedestrian Error” That Killed Someone This Week at Lomas & Truman?
Last November 9th, three people were struck and one killed by the driver of a pickup-truck on Central Avenue west of 98th Street on the City’s west side. We yesterday passed along an excerpt from the police investigation, and follow up today with an aspect of the case that, to be honest, doesn’t get examined… Read More Driving Speed Background to the Story of Gabriel
Note: This is a tough one. If you’d rather keep things light and upbeat today, perhaps you should give this one a pass. Reading every story surrounding the death of someone trying to walk our roadways sticks with you. Some, like the story below, are particularly haunting. Via IPRA, BB is currently going through crash… Read More Witness to Walking Death: The Story of Gabriel
In the past month, we New Mexicans have endured the largest number of January state traffic fatalities in the past quarter-century, according to current and historic reports from the Traffic Research Unit at UNM. 38 people died on our roadways last month, including nine pedestrians and four “pedalcyclists.” Here’s how those 38 deaths compare with… Read More Record January Traffic Fatalities in New Mexico