After a cyclist struck a pedestrian crossing the crosswalk at McGilvra Blvd. E and E Madison Street on August 22nd, resulting in severe head injuries for the pedestrian, neighbors are concerned. The Madison Park Neighborhood showed out in full force on Saturday, August 31st to stand vigil for the incident, and to push the city to make changes.
“I think it’s beyond time that something be done at this intersection,” neighbor Merlin Rainwater said in a KIRO TV report. Over 35 people gathered at the crosswalk last Saturday morning.
Watch the KIRO 7 TV report below:
In the accident on the 23rd, the cyclist struck the pedestrian as he was crossing the street. Eyewitnesses think the incident occurred because the pedestrian walked out from behind a car, which hid the man from the cyclist and vice versa. The cyclist didn’t have enough time to stop. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center, but the cyclist only sustained minor cuts and bruises, while the pedestrian had severe head trauma and was in critical condition.
The community was holding the vigil Saturday both to show their concern for the pedestrian injured in the accident, and to draw awareness to the peril of that crosswalk. “Citizens reported 9 rear-end collisions to them at the crosswalk since 2011 as cars hit the brakes to avoid pedestrians at the last minute. They feared it was only a matter of time before someone got hurt,” the report said. So, they put together a group of people to meet with Mayor Mike McGinn a couple of months ago to discuss possible changes.
Regarding safety updates to the crosswalk, McGinn told KIRO 7 that he is in communication with the City of Seattle Traffic Engineer and the budget staff about the possibility of adding flashing lights and other improvements. “It always depends on the availability of funds,” he said.
Madison Park residents are pushing for major changes at a crosswalk where a pedestrian was seriously injured when hit by a bicyclist last Friday, August 23rd. The pedestrian was standing in the crosswalk near a parked car which made it so that both the pedestrian and the bicyclist could not see each other. As the pedestrian began to cross in the crosswalk the bicyclist collided with him, sending him to the hospital with severe head injuries. Bob Edmiston, President of the Madison Park Community Council, said that they have been watching that intersection for half a year now. There have been 9 rear-end collision reported at that intersection since 2011 due to cars having to slam on the brakes at the last minute to avoid pedestrians who could not be seen. A group was formed a couple months ago along with Mayor Mike McGinn to try to resolve the issue. Mayor McGinn is looking into how to fund possible improvements to the intersection such as blinking lights or extending the sidewalks in the hopes that it will be safer for pedestrians.