26 Jul '11, 5pm

My thoughts on the #RaquelNelson sentence: Is this a turning point for the rights of pedestrians and transit users?

My thoughts on the #RaquelNelson sentence: Is this a turning point for the rights of pedestrians and transit users?

Raquel Nelson Could the Raquel Nelson case be a turning point in the way pedestrian rights are seen in this country? I write this shortly after the sentencing in Nelson's case. In case you haven't heard of her, Nelson is the Atlanta-area single mother who was convicted of vehicular homicide after her 4-year-old son was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who later admitted to drinking and being on painkillers. Nelson and her three children, ages 9, 4, and 2, were trying to get from a bus stop to their apartment complex directly across a busy road, and there was no crosswalk or pedestrian signal to protect them. It was a shocking, and fatal, case of bad street design . Such autocentric design is only too common around the country ; in this case, it was compounded by a mystifyingly aggressive prosecution. Today, in Cobb County State Court, Nelson was sentenced to 12 mo...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-07-26-the-raquel...

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