A pedestrian was killed on Roosevelt Boulevard on Monday, February 5.
According to media reports, an unlicensed motorist hit a 22-year-old pedestrian around 11pm while crossing at Roosevelt Boulevard and Large Street. The victim later died at the hospital.
The woman in her 20s was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Police did not find any identification on the victim.
“We know she was struck with such impact that she came out of both of her sneakers,” Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Police said the 22-year-old male driver stopped nearby and had been driving without a license.
Roosevelt Boulevard is the most dangerous roadway in Philadelphia.
Our representatives in the state Capitol have the power to create a pilot speed camera program for the Boulevard that will reduce illegal speeding.
The City is planning a longer-term, re-engineering of the roadway. Round three of public Open Houses are scheduled for late February.
The Bicycle Coalition will be holding a Vision Zero direct action at the spot of the crash on Monday, February 12, and will put a memorial up for the person who lost their life.
Please join us.
Do we know why this crash occurred? It may have had absolutely no relationship to speeding. At the legitimate speed limit there, a car-pedestrian rash of such violence can easily occur. Was the pedestrian crossing against the light, or in darkness because of a lack of illu.ination there. The pedestrian or driver could also have been under the influence. Assuming the primary cause was speed is an oversmplidicatiob and a purely e.otional reaction. Speed cameras may make Visio Zero proponents feel better and raise revenue, but they won’t solve all our crash problems.
Good observation on Mr. Baxters part. Without a proper investigation we have no idea wether speed was a factor or not. Suggesting speed cams would prevent this kind of incident is way too premature.