Why PedizMy interest in pedestrian visibility came sharply into focus one autumn evening.
My sister-in-law had been taken to hospital.
She had been struck down by a hit-and-run driver while she was returning home from work.
She had been in a cross walk.
She was crossing with the light.
She was a block from home.
She would spend the next seven weeks in hospital.
It’s two years later. She now walks with a cane. She has a steel plate in her leg.
She’s in constant pain.
When she was struck she flew 30 feet in the air and landed on her head and left side. She has many complications from that sudden trajectory.
The driver who hit her got out of the car, ran over, and looked at her.
She remembers looking up at him and saying:
“Help me ….”
He must have panicked as he ran back to his car and drove away.
He has never come forward.
At the time of the accident, Rozalinda Luis Macdougall was recovering from a mastectomy and a heart attack, likely brought about by the therapies attendant to cancer treatment. She had only been back at work for two weeks. Her daughters were nine and fourteen. Her husband was out of the country at the time of the accident.
It was a disaster.
Two years later, she’s cheerful, considerate and optimistic.
But every day has its challenges.
I don’t know how she does it.
Pedviz.com is my contribution to public safety.
Pedviz.com is my tribute to Roz.