01 March 2010

Bad Streets = Death

Parents of toddler killed in crash file lawsuit
The Denver Post

...Both the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Aurora are being sued in connection with Havana being widened in 2003 to only 7 feet from a Baskin-Robbins.

...In addition the suit names the parent company of Baskin-Robbins because the store's wall facing Havana was made of glass and did not have safety barriers....
There are many things that led to this tragedy, including the driver being high on meth, but there is no denying that the design of the road is very bad. The speed limit is posted as a 40MPH, but the width and number of lanes encourages speed. And then to have a glass storefront right up by the street with no barriers, no parking lane?

(Street view of accident location from Google Maps)

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