Be Careful When Driving or Otherwise Crossing a Street – March 8, 2021

This morning near an area where I sometimes ride my bicycle, a 4 year old was killed by a hit and run driver (Channel 12 News CBS Wichita). They have found the pick-up and are interviewing the driver. When I drive or ride my bike, I always treat each and every intersection as a danger spot. As I drive, if I hit something, I pull over as soon as it is safely possible to investigate what I hit. It is trash in the road, sometimes a large garbage bag or other large item. I also check the tires as they may be damaged from hitting it. I have yet to hit a person.

I have come close at night when people are wearing dark clothing. I don’t care how pale white is your face is, if it is covered by a hoodie and you are wearing dark clothes crossing illegally on a street with no lights, you are putting not only your life on the line, but the life of anyone who may hit you. Been over a decade ago, but someone crossed the street at night and the only reason I saw them is they had a reflective stripe on the bottom of their shoes. They were dressed head to toe in dark clothes and their face was covered. It was a miracle I noticed them at all.

I regularly run across people on sidewalks wearing dark clothing and paying more attention to their phone or tablet than they are about what’s happening around them. If I get a call on my phone which is rare when riding my bicycle, I always pull off to the non-sidewalk and stop my bike before answering it. That’s to protect me and anyone not paying attention walking or riding. There have been a few motorized scooters and bicycles on the sidewalk. Neither are allowed on the sidewalk as they have motors and should be ridden on the street.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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1 Response to Be Careful When Driving or Otherwise Crossing a Street – March 8, 2021

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    So sad to hearof this 4 year old who was killed; that is so young, soo sooo sad…

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