|"Use Caution- This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths."|
7:11 PM, Jan 13, 2013 | Written by The Courier-Journal
What's wrong with this picture? We have a victim, George Tunstall III, who was killed when he was stuck by a car.
A 67-year-old pedestrian was killed Friday when he was struck by a northbound car on Bardstown Road while he tried to cross the street outside a crosswalk, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s officeDeputy Coroner Jim Wesley identified the man as George Tunstall III, of Chichester Avenue in the Highlands.
Wesley said Tunstall was trying to cross Bardstown Road just south of Fegenbush Lane when the accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. Friday. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Wesley said.
But to have the C-J tell it, you'd think he had it coming. Why else would they make mention that he was trying "to cross the street outside a crosswalk" in the same sentence they report the news of his death?
First of all, the incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. It was dark. But if you know anything about Bardstown Road, from one end to the other, there aren't many crosswalks anywhere. Google maps recommends the route to cross Bardstown Road by foot in the proximity where Tunstall was hit is to just cross without a crosswalk, although they suggest caution. (Click on screenshot above)
But where there are crosswalks though, motorists completely ignore them, even in the daytime. We all know this.
Exhibit B: This one is on Bardstown Road, even closer to town, just outside Big Bar, at the corner of Lucia (Also, this is not me):
What happens at that same crosswalk with a more assertive pedestrian in an orange shirt with a camera?
Oh, He's hit by a smoking motorist in a van driven by Glenn's Commercial Services, LLC. When confronted later, the driver allegedly says that's a "wierd place" for a crosswalk.
Our city has a serious problem where motorists kill pedestrians and the Courier-Journal is an accomplice by reporting the pedestrian massacres as the fault of the pedestrians.
Well, I've about had it. We need to do something about this, folks. Here's Kentucky law, copy paste it to your Facebook status, (or share this story there):
KRS 189.570 (4) When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.Either the Courier-Journal is not aware of KRS 189.570 (4), or they just don't give a shit about our city, and the safety of our people.
1/15/12 1:113 pm update
Odd. Just ran across the twitter account for the managing editor of the Courier-Journal, Jean Porter. From the looks of her last tweet, it's all making sense now
Tip: If you want to drive 30 mph when it's raining, please stay off interstate. Driving too slow as dangerous as driving too fast.#loustorm— Jean Porter (@Vivianjean) December 26, 2012