I am not from Denver originally. We moved here a little over 6 years ago, but in that time I have come to realize that Denver could possibly be the MOST dangerous town for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Wouldn’t you think that in one of the top 10 fittest states, drivers would be more observant? Chances are, that dude/chick behind the wheel is going for a jog after work or perhaps mountain biking over the weekend…
When I drive into work in the morning I pass several parks. In each park there are dozens of joggers: some jogging with their partners, some with their pets, some all alone. I wonder how many of them are thinking, “Will today be the day I get hit and killed by a moving vehicle?”
Generally these accidents happen during rush hour or the middle of the night and the pedestrian wasn’t watching where they were going (text much?) or the cyclist was sure they could make that yellow light — there are reasons, but why so many all of a sudden.
It makes me wonder:
at what point in time did parents stop teaching their kids to look both ways before crossing the street?!?!?
This weekend a man was hit by two separate cars while he was walking along the interstate at 3AM. The second driver that hit him was the one to stop and call the police.
Posted by Denver 9 News
…Every day, at least one person in the core of the metro Denver area is injured by a hit-and-run driver.
Almost three times a month, someone, likely a pedestrian, is killed in Colorado by a motorist who then flees the scene.
And a staggering 17 times day in Denver, someone reports a hit-and-run accident of any kind to police.
Legislators have passed a law to toughen criminal penalties and several cities have adopted alert systems to ask the public’s help in tracking down perpetrators.
But the carnage has continued. An I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS/9News investigation found:
• Hit-and-run fatalities are rising in Colorado as overall traffic deaths are falling. In 2012, 34 people were killed across Colorado by hit-and-run drivers, almost double the 18 deaths the year before. The result was the state ranked 10th in the U.S. in terms of hit-and-run fatalities per capita. Statistics for last year have not yet been compiled.
• A total of 104 people have been killed by hit-and-run drivers between 2008 and 2012. Almost two-thirds, or 64, were pedestrians or bicyclists.
• A breakdown of injury accidents by Lakewood police found that about one out of every 13 injury hit-and-run incidents in its city resulted in death or incapacitating trauma.
• Denver police reported 18,662 hit and run accidents of all types, both injury and non-injury, during the past three years. That is an average of 17 a day.
“Colorado is 10th in the nation in terms of hit and run deaths per capita.” (source: http://www.mydenverduilawyer.com)
What the fuck?!?!?
Watch where you’re going people! Especially if you’re going for a walk or riding your bike in Denver!