Wednesday’s Headlines

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Parents with children wait at a bus stop on Colfax near the intersection where a car struck and killed Raymond Hansford on Jan. 3. Photo: Andy Bosselman, Streetsblog.

  • Traffic fatalities: “It’s definitely been a bad year for Colfax.” (Streetsblog Denver)
  • More on “casual carpool” app officials hope will reduce traffic on U.S. 36. (Fox 31)
  • Wash Park residents remember a quiet neighborhood before I-25 expanded to seven lanes. (Wash Park Profile)
  • Hickenlooper’s relationship with Elon and Kimbal Musk scrutinized after former Gov’s administration destroyed documents related to new electric vehicle emissions standards, which benefit the Musks. (Complete Colorado)
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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  • surly trucker

    This is terrible: https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/girl-12-dies-after-getting-hit-by-pickup/73-65cba5fd-a66a-4fe8-af4f-b8bef4d3bac2

    The story blames the girl, and fails to mention that Iliff is 7 lanes wide with a posted speed limit of 40.

    • EMB

      Another story here: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/aurora-girl-12-hit-by-vehicle-after-stepping-into-traffic-identified

      “Police said the girl did not use the crosswalk to cross the street and likely ran into traffic.” The nearest crosswalk is over a thousand feet away, and would be double that if she was trying to go directly south. While there is some sort of golf course underpass nearby, it’s unclear how to get to it from the north side of Iliff without climbing down an embankment.

      Awful.

      • Roads_Wide_Open

        While I feel sorry this happened, both autos and pedestrians must follow laws for both of their safety. Whether the laws are wrong or should be changed is a another conversation.

        • surly trucker

          Why is it easy for cars to roll though this area at 40-45 but difficult/dangerous for school children to navigate? The design of these streets caters to motorists at the detriment to other users and shouldn’t be taken as a given.

        • TM

          Victim blaming is wrong. Stop doing it.

          • Roads_Wide_Open

            I’ll blame anyone, pedestrian or vehicle, that doesn’t obey the law.

          • TM

            Yes, the child that was killed really needs to hear self righteous scolding from you.

          • Roads_Wide_Open

            ok, so you’re basically admitting to all that when you drive somewhere, walk somewhere, or bike somewhere you don’t care about following the rules. If someone driving along darts in front of you on your bike, it’s their fault. If you walk out in front of traffic, screw them…you have the right of way. If you drive over the sidewalk and hit someone, they shouldn’t be in your way.

            Just want you know how you sound.

          • TM

            You think a child on foot bears the same amount of responsibility as an adult, licensed driver of a several thousand pound vehicle.

            Continue being a complete idiot if you want, but your BS won’t ever make anything safer. Scolding dead kids won’t prevent the same thing from continuing to happen. If you actually give a damn and want that to stop those with the power have to be held responsible, not the victims. That’s drivers and traffic engineers that create these dangerous situations in the first place.

          • TM

            If a child gets killed by a car they broke a law and deserved to die.
            That’s how you sound. Go to hell. Fuck you you fucking piece of shit.

          • TM

            I blame you for being a complete piece of garbage that likes to shame dead children to make himself feel like a big man.

          • TakeFive

            It’s certainly NOT appropriate to blame a driver for what he is not at fault for regardless of tragic consequences. In fact that is even a worse sin.

          • TM

            That’s even worse? Really? The person at the control of the 4000 pound vehicle kills a child and saying they bear any responsibility is worse?
            Right, blame the kids, blame people on foot, blame people on bikes, but GOD FORBID we ever expect drivers to be CAREFUL with their vehicles.

          • TakeFive

            Playing the blame game won’t bring the dead back to life. But blaming a not-at-fault driver for a tragedy they will remember the rest of their life is disgusting; it’s the epitome of conceit.

          • TM

            Yes, always so much sympathy for what the driver has to live with, none for the victim or their family.
            How about if the driver would be just so upset about killing someone, they slow down and pay attention?

            You are disgusting.

          • TM

            At least the driver has a life to continue living. No one gives a damn about dead kids, much more important that we never hold drivers responsible for killing them, they might feel sad.

          • TM

            Refusing to assign any blame is how this will keep happening over and over and over and over and over and over again. Drivers must be held responsible, cities, DOTs, and traffic engineers must be held responsible. Blaming the victims will never lead to any change, all that does is tell everyone else that what they are doing is fine and we’ll keep killing kids on our streets. That’s what you are arguing for.

          • TM

            This is not a game, asshole.

          • TakeFive

            Take a breath… argue will all the substantive passion you can muster but avoid attacking people personally. I have thick skin so no biggie; plus I know that such attacks only exhibit the weakness of your position to have to resort to personal attacks. It’s called Blog Etiquette.

          • TM

            Showing so much sympathy for the driver who killed the child instead of the victim or her family shows the weakness of your humanity.

            I may have a short temper when it comes to killing children, that doesn’t make my position wrong.

  • garbanzito

    while the article you reference is in the “Wash Park Profile”, the people who are quoted in the article are residents of the University neighborhood