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Yadielys Deleon Camacho, 8, was killed after she was struck by a car.
Two young cousins were struck by a car Saturday night during a birthday celebration for their grandmother in Mattapan, leaving an 8-year-old girl dead, a 12-year-old boy injured, and a close-knit family heartbroken.
Yadielys Deleon Camacho, described as a “sweetheart,” was a second-grader at Up Academy in Dorchester, according to her family.
At the time of the crash, witnesses said, she was riding her bicycle with Joseph Eduardo Cordova, her cousin, near the 100 block of West Selden Street.
A mangled bicycle was found at the scene, according to police.
Police arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle, James Horton, 45, of Dorchester, and charged him with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and motor vehicle homicide, said Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman. (via)
This is the second young person in as many weeks that has been killed by a hit and run driver. In the 70’s in northern Europe the killing of children by cars sparked a movement that fundamentally changed the way people used automobiles. Called the “stop murdering children” campaign, it changed forever the way the Dutch thought about how streets should be designed, and how cars should be part of society. We must do the same.
There is no acceptable level of human death in service to automobile traffic. We can not accept one single fatality because people want to drive cars around. The death of this lovely young girl is a tragedy that no one should have to abide. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.
Residents of West Selden Street say they have frequently complained about the speed of traffic on their two-way street.
Millien refuses to let his two children ride their bikes on the street. He said he limits them to riding in the backyard.
“People don’t slow down,” he said, calling for the city to install a speed bump. “There’s always a big accident.”
Millien, who has lived on the street for 13 years, said the tragedy may be the final straw for him and his family, as the frequency of car accidents has made him ready to move.
“There’s no problem with the neighbors or crime; the problem is speeding,” he said. (via)
It’s time we change our entire concept of how we allow cars into our society. No more deaths.
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Thanks to Yurij for this handy list!
tonight, 6/8/15 — redbones, bikes, beer, bbq
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Look at them legs! Energy efficient toasters, get them. At least that is what I took away from this.
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So I put bikes in your bus so you can bike while you bus…
“We thought, what about doing something that we could do while the [vehicle] was moving? Maybe a bus would work, since it already has the emergency exits, it has the right weight, and it’s designed to fit a lot of people,” Brodie says. “We figured out that the most efficient use of the space would be to put in indoor cycling bikes.” (via)
Or you know, you could just ride your bike to work? This is a whole new level of silliness.
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I love/am creeped out by, this guy doing his best Hal9000 impersonation. These intersections are horrible, and he does an amazing job of illustrating exactly why. Come on city of Boston, throw a little love (and money!) to the pedestrians and cyclists at these intersections! Hopefully their answer will not be “I am sorry Bikers, I can’t do that Bikers.”
Tags: hal9000, I can't do that dave, infrastructure, video
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It was never acceptable that people got hurt and killed in motor vehicles, but we now have the technology to drastically reduce traffic fatalities.
Operating a motor vehicle is not a right, its a privileged, and we need to take the safety of the operation of motor vehicles more seriously. Because lets be clear, the vast vast majority of traffic fatalities are caused by big heavy fast moving pieces of metal operated by people who are very bad at operating big heavy fast moving pieces of metal.
This is not to say that everyone is a bad driver, but that no one is a good driver. Human beings didn’t evolve to drive around in cars, and as such we lack many of the skills that one would need to operate them effectively. Combined with our penchant for drinking, falling asleep, texting, and other distractions behind the wheel and you end up with a murderous rampage killings tens of thousands of people every year.
The “freedom” provided by owning and operating motor vehicles in the way we do currently is not worth the cost in human lives. There are a host of well tested and proven methods shown to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities, all we need to do is enact them in our city. Speed reduction, automated cars, better enforcement, better infrastructure, driver education, and many more. Start with the easy ones, and work your way up to the hard ones. It’s time we stop allowing those we love to die needlessly.
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My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy.
A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester.
Two cars crashed at the intersection of Talbot and New England Streets. A young man on a bike was struck during the collision. One badly damaged BMW remained at the scene while the second car fled.
Police say they found the second car on Wednesday morning. The suspect and driver of that car, 27-year-old Gregory McCoy of Dorchester, was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but and charges were expected to be filed later on Wednesday in Dorchester District Court.
The charges include two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and one count of motor vehicle homicide. The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.
One witness, Cheline Garcia, says she heard the crash around 10 p.m. and rushed out to help. She performed CPR on the victim, who she said had a pulse but later died.
“The scene was just horrible. You can’t even explain how bad it was,” Garcia told FOX25. “He was breathing he didn’t know what was going on I told him the paramedics were on the way.”
More info when I get it.
They have released the victems name:
Prosecutors did not identify the teen, but family and friends identified him as Fritz Philogene, 18, a sophomore at West Roxbury High School. (via)
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