Reader: Unsafe pedestrians contributing to fatal car accidents

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When we shared yesterday's post about the arrest of Oswaldo Lopez after a fatal hit and run that killed an eleven-year-old boy Sunday night, we asked why so many incidents like this one have been happening of late. We got a variety of responses, with this one standing out because it focuses on pedestrians, not drivers.

Daisy Rothschild writes:

I see daily, many people of all ages, crossing very busy streets not at crosswalks...when visibility is poor, or its night, walking or running between lanes of cars, or worse, in front of buses after people get off the bus. Can't tell you how many times this last week I've seen this happen, sometimes within feet of an intersection. Also wearing dark clothing. If you have kids, encourage them not to do this! I've seen a lot of teens cross Parker road near the schools, or close to shopping centers on Miss. Perhaps good idea to wear bright jacket or reflectors. Don't know if that's a contributing factor in this case, but I've seen some close calls.

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Amber Rae
Amber Rae

@sterling Meeks... How dumb are you anyway!??? It just so funny you would actually compare those two events. When someone kicks you out of their vehicle(and/or makes you feel unsafe) on the highway, you have no option but cross lanes of traffic to get to a safe place to be... This kid was in a safe place, but needed to cross traffic. He ran in front of cars even though we put legal places to cross there... The other incident, had no crosswalks accessible!!! I feel bad for someone that had no choice but to be in traffic. This boy made an obvious poor choice!! Now go away you internet troll!!!

Amber Rae
Amber Rae

@steerling Meeks. I stick to my guns. That incident on he highway was a domestic violence. The girl will never speak up about her part in it... I firmly believe if the dumb girl chose to drive instead of fight, that man wouldn't have got out of the car that night... I can't wait till your FAKE PROFIlE is shut down. I report you all the time

Jo Nadani
Jo Nadani

I don't agree with his actions of leaving, and his alleged speeding but I agree somewhat about the pedestrians contributing. We all do it. Pop out from between cars, try to beat a car (very stupid). Jaywalking or just not using a crosswalk (too far away) Moron parents/kids during school pickup/drop off, teaching their children that they don't need to use a crosswalk, just go...

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The twisted morality of Little Miss Amber Rae: blame a CHILD for getting hit by a street racing douchebag along a city street but wholeheartedly defend a grown ADULT for KNOWINGLY running across traffic on a busy suburban expressway. Da Fuq? www.facebook.com/denverwestword/posts/10152212192134839

Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon

On Sunday, I was driving from 38th to 26th on Lowell, and there was a moron on his skateboard weaving, and backing up traffic. I saw one guy try to pass him, and the idiot grabbed his mirror to get a little speed up. I almost ran his stupid butt over!

James Gold
James Gold

Downtown is definitely a problem. I'm amazed that more people aren't getting ran over.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

I see it everyday all over town, ppl need to understand how hard it is to see them in the dark, walking, dodging cars, crossing in front! of parked busses, even a few feet away from a crosswalk... Of course...Other situations apply here, as noted, but the question was about peds.

Amber Rae
Amber Rae

Exactly!! I got bitched out so many times for saying this on the last post... I as a grown ass women am scared to cross federal IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER AT 830 NIGHT.... It's a recipe for disaster!! I as a child was thought to stay out of the street!! And I knew if I was in the street and got hit, IT WAS MY FAULT FOR BEING IN THE STREET. Like why happened to this people?? Granted he was breaking the law speeding.... But had that kid not broke what should have been his parents rules... Incidents like this wouldn't happen as often...

llahnert
llahnert

My old roommate nailed a girl who was trying to run across the street at night.  He stayed and waited for the Police and Paramedics.  As soon as the Police got the story from him and witnesses, they ended up letting him off with nothing but a thank you for staying around.  The girl who got hit was taken to the hospital and given a ticket for J-Walking.  Thats why there is a law that forces drivers to yield to pedestrians in cross-walks.  

David Madrid
David Madrid

There are crosswalks for a reason use them! Don't just run across the street like it's the Mexico border and you're sprinting for America!

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Contributing to doesn't mean the driver should leave! If he would have stayed, tried to help & explained what happened...

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

And yes, quit wearing dark colors at night and expect to be visible to traffic that is dealing with moving lights and flowing traffic. Common sense goes a long way toward self preservation and keeping everyone out of trouble. A little extra effort goes a long way...but lots of lazy, self absorbed people out there. Can't be troubled to stay out of trouble.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Right of way, shmite of way. Doesn't do you any good you're dead or maimed. If people would actually look when crossing instead of just walking out it's pretty hard to get hit. It's not hard to determine an approaching vehicle's speed but most people find it too hard to actually pay attention to the world around them and make sense of it. I watch oncoming traffic when I cross streets. If I don't trust an approaching vehicle I don't walk or I hurry out of the way. I have little sympathy for most pedestrians who get hit because usually it's an avoidable situation if they were paying attention and not on their cell phones with headphones on. Stupid people need to be thinned from the herd.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

What KIND of Ghetto Momma LETS HER KIDS PLAY on Federal Blvd. @ 8 Dark 30 on a Sunday Night, so Jaywalking in front of Gangsta's Drag-Racing Gets them KILLED ???

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

People in this city jump out in front of a moving car on a green and glare at you if you don't stop or slow for them. It is ridiculous! I agree, I feel horrible about that hit and run case.

Alexis Vasquez Aragonez
Alexis Vasquez Aragonez

This is true! I have even had people with strollers or small kids run right in front of me while going 30-40mph. But yes I don't think this applies to this time.

Annette Rebellato Martinet
Annette Rebellato Martinet

Maybe we can say, while this opinion has validity in general, in this case it's completely irrelevant.

grace.roberts
grace.roberts

Daisy is correct, but there is no use blaming the victim. Pedestrians have the right of way. Part of driving is being aware of everyone and everything around you.

Jesse Davis
Jesse Davis

Let's get this straight: He admitted to breaking the law by street racing!!! Sorry folks but no matter what he was doing 60 in a 35!! We don't really know all the details yet. It's premature to blame anybody at this point. I have to say that from what I've heard I place blame on the kid that was driving. He admits that he was dragracing. He has priors for careless driving. Sorry but this is an 11-year-old kid. He got hit because some kid was being an idiot driving 60 miles an hour down a 35 mile an hour zone. He deserves to have the book thrown him I hope he is reminded every day that he took a little 11-year-old kids life because he wanted to have the faster vehicle.

John Ashley
John Ashley

no. walking is a right. driving is not. pay attention

Albert Martinez
Albert Martinez

Pedestrians only have the right of way at an intersection or in a marked crosswalk. Common sense should say you watch out for yourself but many love to be a victim of their own choices. Most cars wont yield to a pedestrian and many pedestrians won't walk five feet to cross at a light.

Falynn Derderian
Falynn Derderian

Jaywalking is a major problem in tis city!! In December I had a woman wearing all black dart out in front of my car at night on Colorado Blvd. I hit her and she was in ICU for over a month. I was 8 months pregnant at the time and the wreck caused me to start having labor contractions. She was cited with a jaywalking ticket and has made a full recovery. She has now retained a lawyer to try and sue me even though the police report states she was 100% at fault. Something needs to change in this city because this happens all the time and it causes nothing but pain and stress.

Marcus Rose
Marcus Rose

I'm from Vegas, have lived in Denver since 2007. I can honestly say that pedestrians have a real sense of entitlement in this town. Perhpas if Denver adopted the law that NV has. A pedestrian has the right of way inside a crosswalk...whether they have the light or not, if a person is in the crosswalk, a driver must yield the right of way. However, if a pedestrian is jay walking, or walking along a street they shouldnt be, like walking on I-25, if you get hit, its your fault and the driver cannot be charged criminally or civilily. This kid got hit from some asshole street racing...but in a majority of cases I see people walking wherever they want under the understanding that " Hey, Im a pedestrian, I have the right of way " and its that sense of entitlement that will get you killed!

Sarah Elizabeth Korus
Sarah Elizabeth Korus

I was at my bus stop for less than ten minutes and I saw two people jaywalk across Colorado Blvd in the dark. I see people jaywalk in the dark all the time on Broadway too. Pedis have some blame to take in that situation but why wouldn't you stop if you hit them? Oh, and in crosswalks DON'T ASSUME the driver will stop. I always wait to make sure they stop before I cross.

Bret Kantola
Bret Kantola

Death Race 2000 was a movie starring David Carradine, not a night on Colfax.

Jeff McCutcheon
Jeff McCutcheon

Pedestrians certainly carry some blame in many cases but that doesn't excuse the driver from fleeing the scene.

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Seriously, a parent or adult needed to be with this kid, not a 14 year old cousin. Nice work, folks.

Martin Koenigsberg
Martin Koenigsberg

Well in Boulder- where everyone's sposed to be a Phd., the wearing of the black gear and the black or blue anorak to cross the streets in the middle of the block in the middle of the night is not the greatest of behaviours.... and about 50% of the people seem to go for it- Let's wear White at night people- or reflective stripes- not like the ALL don't have tons of outdoor gear in their closest! At least the homeless wear the right night gear!

Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe
Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe

yes pedestrians have the right away period... But on some level they have to take some responsibility for their life and their children by crossing at cross walks and wearing bright colors or reflected tape. .I have had close calls on federal simply because I couldn't see the person j walking in all dark clothing.

Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

No excuse to be drag raceing on federal regardless of the time it is. Now a kid is dead. And for what so he could play speed raceer sick and sad .wow

Mathew Woods
Mathew Woods

There are always two sides to an event involving driver vs pedestrian accidents. Those two sides become a bit less relevant when the driver decides to run, instead of staying on the scene. There is taking responsibility for what is obviously an accident, and there is realizing you screwed up, and running to try and avoid punishment. Whatever the situation with this family and their child who died, the driver knew he had done something horrible, and took off, leaving the child to die. That earns the driver the full wrath of the Law.

Kristin Berryhill
Kristin Berryhill

I agree that pedestrians need to practice road safety just like anyone else, but for Christs' sake, the driver in this instance was street racing.. There are NO excuses for that and he deserves the most severe punishment he can get.

Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

I'm not sure what happened in this case, but jaywalking is a major problem in Denver. I have to dodge people jaywalking every day driving downtown and back via Colfax. Either these people have a death wish, are looking for an excuse to try to sue someone, or really don't give a sh*t about themselves or anyone else. My god brother was killing crossing at a crosswalk so drivers have just as much responsibility to pay attention and put down the damn phone, and pedestrians need to remember that car vs. human most likely equals death. Everyone pay attention.

Erica Lawson
Erica Lawson

I agree! I was driving on Colfax Thursday night and thinking about the #JustStop project that 9News is doing because Colfax is one of the worst areas for jaywalking, WHEN TWO ADULTS AND A SMALL KID RAN RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR! I had to slam on my brakes! The little kid was so small he was practically being dragged by the adult! Why do people teach their kids that this is ok? Quit being lazy and go to a crosswalk! SET THE EXAMPLE!

Krystal Tubbs
Krystal Tubbs

When I worked at the walmart on Colfax and Walmart it was a huge problem. I would have to be on high alert because a lot of people would run through traffic to cross the street at the crosswalk instead of using the cross walk 20 feet down the road. This was men, women, families, and even people pushing babies in strollers. And they would do it regardless of visibility. I was always afraid I might hit someone =(

Allison Wofford
Allison Wofford

I'm sure that if you get hit by a car and killed your family will be relieved to know you had the right of way. Just be aware and have a strong sense of self-preservation.

Mallory French
Mallory French

Had a biker run stop sign and cruise across 13th without even looking. We all had to slide to a stop. Less than an hour later guy at a crosswalk on Colfax decides to cut through traffic diagonally out of the crosswalk and almost gets slammed by someone in far right lane. I almost hit a girl on Washington last summer staring at her phone walked out from sidewalk between cars and flipped me the bird. People pay attention because you don't want to get clipped by a 2k+ lb moving object.

Jessa Seward
Jessa Seward

Pedestrians apparently have the right of way to wait for your light to turn green and then dash in front of your car while talking on their cell phones.

Adam Caimi
Adam Caimi

Studies show crossing at designated crosswalks is more dangerous than at intersections with no designated crosswalk. Because people assume cars will stop. Regardless, pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way at intersections, whether a crosswalk is designated or not.

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