Pedestrian Struck by Bus Outside of YSPH

Tyler Griswold shares this tragic story about (yet another) accident on South Frontage Street, right outside of YSPH:

NEW HAVEN — A 56-year-old man suffered serious head injuries Monday after being struck by a bus while crossing South Frontage Road, a roadway that pedestrians say is a nightmare to cross….

The scene has repeated itself along the stretch. Two years ago, a Yale public health student was struck and injured in the same area. Two blocks down, Yale medical student Mila Rainoff was fatally struck last year while crossing at York Street, prompting an outcry for safety upgrades and giving birth to a grassroots New Haven Safe Streets Coalition that promotes issues about pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

“All these people are trying to get on the highway. People are getting off the highway. They’re all trying to accelerate to speeds of 65 mph,” said Aaron Cook, a public health student at Yale. Meanwhile, pedestrians are trying to get to and from the Yale medical district and downtown.

“Think about it. If you put two and two together,” he said. “You have people in a hurry. They’re getting off the highway. They’re getting on the highway at very high speeds. You have students who are trying to get to class at all hours of the day, whether it be dark, snow, rainy, whatever. You put those two things together and make it difficult to see when you should and should not be crossing the street.

“This is a death zone.”

Visit http://www.newhavensafestreets.org/ to get involved in the campaign for a safer New Haven. Enough is enough!

Update: The man who was hit died from his injuries a few days later…


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One Response

  1. http://www.designnewhaven.com/2009/05/biotechnologist-critical-after-crossing.htmlmore coverage on injuries, petitions and promises. thank you for posting!

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