Last Week: Motorists Killed One Person Walking, Injured Two People on Bikes

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Motorists killed one person and seriously injured six between June 11 and June 17, according to the Denver Police Department.

An unidentified driver killed Phillip Abeyta as he was walking near Federal Boulevard and Harvard Place on June 11. Abeyta was the sixth pedestrian killed by drivers this year. The motorist won’t face any charges. (We’ll report more details as soon as Denver PD provides them).

Two people biking and one person walking were seriously injured, as well as two people on motorcycles and one person in car.

Denver PD responded responded to 461 collisions.

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 and tallying them accurately, 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.

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