Last Week: Drivers Killed 2 People Walking, Injured 1, and Hurt 2 Bicyclists on Denver Streets

TF Report 5:27-6:2

Between May 27 and June 2, drivers killed two people walking, seriously injured another, and hurt two people on bikes. A driver was also killed in a collision.

Both pedestrians, David Williams and an unidentified victim, were killed on Wednesday, May 30 — Williams near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Leyden Street, and the other person near 14th and Welton. Charges are pending in both cases, according to the Denver Police Department.

Denver PD responded to 464 traffic crashes, pushing that number past 10,000 for the year. One of those crashes took the life of motorist Virginia Richardson, who was killed by another driver near 1st and Knox.

With this series, we aim to remind politicians, transportation officials, local media, and the public that the cost of inaction on traffic safety policies is extremely high. The longer it takes to redesign our car-centric streets, the more people will get hurt or killed.

The Hancock administration and Denver PD still lack a protocol for alerting the public to serious traffic collisions, despite the mayor’s ostensible commitment ending traffic deaths, announced more than two years ago. Hopefully documenting this information, gathered from Denver PD reports, will help drive change from decision-makers and elevate the profile of this public health crisis.

  • iBikeCommute

    Knox Ct is where the city is planning one of their first neighborhood bikeways. I would be curious if the crash happened driving on Knox or first. The main change that the city is planning for this bikeway is to remove stop signs so cyclists can keep moving, but I am concerned this will also encourage speeding cars to cut through the neighborhood and may make conditions more dangerous.

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