In creating the Nashville Pedestrian Death Registry (planned release in 1-2 weeks), we had a lot of feedback about including 'near misses' where someone is struck but does not die. Ultimately, we decided that it would increase the scope of the project to an untenable volume & therefore we held fast to deaths only in Nashville. But our lack of inclusion in no way should be considered a down play of the severity of being hit by a car and surviving. Some of the stories are truly horrific.
This woman's tale of recovery from being hit by a bus exemplifies why the term 'near miss' is indeed a euphemism. She has a bright spirt about it but my goodness. This is a horror story. Crushed pelvis. Six months later and still not walking. It does exemplifies why these stories are so important - to not let them be a momentary media blip but rather a human interest story as lives are truly changed. It is important to know the details to understand fully the details of the events so that Nashville can make changes.
Nashville is very conflicted right now about pedestrian vs vehicle crashes. The comments I have received range widely (see photos below) on a recent post about a grandmother who died after a hit-and-run (know a black car with front end damage?). We have not reached a consensus. Competing needs are duly noted.
But, we do have laws. I would argue that a really strong and clear message from the Mayor's office in needed NOW. It is time for a blanket Public Service Announcement on pedestrian laws with a concurrent enforcement blitz to help drivers learn.
Arguably, I have very mixed feelings about ticketing pedestrians. If we had top notch infrastructure for pedestrians, I would feel entirely different. When sidewalks on only 1/3 of our roadways, crossings ridiculously few and far between, wait times seeming unrealistically long - I understand the urge to jaywalk.
Woman hit by MTA bus talks about recoveryPosted: Apr 14, 2017 4:22 PM CDTUpdated: Apr 14, 2017 7:40 PM CDT