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February 15, 2010
I read and hear all the stories about snow removal in the city and how they think Baltimore County does a much better job of clearing the streets. How about the sidewalks for pedestrians? If you walk, you're out of luck. Even if you are a student trying to walk to the school in our neighborhood! The county isn't all that great! You won't believe what they did to us! This past Saturday, construction equipment started working in our neighborhood to push the snow out of the street onto the sidewalks.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Police are investigating an alleged "bias incident" in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon in which a driver allegedly shot a BB or airsoft gun in the direction of three pedestrians as he yelled "Jews, Jews, Jews" at them. The three males told police they were in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road about 5:30 p.m., near the intersection with Green Summit Road when the driver approached them, rolled down his window, held a weapon outside and yelled the taunt, police said. He then fired the weapon, which "appeared to be some type of BB or air gun," in their direction, police said.
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November 11, 2009
I applaud Michael Dresser's and Laura Vozzella's articles, "At what point does safety trump the right to drive" and "A ride for remembering" (Nov. 9) about the respective tragic pedestrian and bicycle deaths of Johns Hopkins student Miriam Frankl and Greater Homewood Community Corp. member Jack Yates. Thomas Meighan, who had numerous drunk driving violations but still kept his license and vehicle, faces charges in connection with Ms. Frankl's death, and Mr. Yates, whose August death is still being investigated by Baltimore City Police, was struck by a truck turning right from Maryland Avenue onto Lafayette Avenue.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle during an early morning incident on Russell Street on Wednesday, according to Baltimore City law enforcement and transportation officials. Baltimore Police said that at approximately 4:58 a.m. officers responding to a serious traffic collision at the 1500 block of Russell Street found a man that had been struck by a vehicle. The man was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene, and the police Accident Investigation Unit/Crash team is investigating, officials said.
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March 29, 2011
Examine the photograph accompanying the article on MTA testing vocal warnings on buses ("Talking buses can keep pedestrians on their toes," March 29). Pedestrians already look both ways, and naturally so, as taught from childhood, before crossing with the light. Previously your worry was ignorant drivers driving through red lights or honking their horn if you didn't move fast enough. Pedestrians will now be startled by the loud mechanical voice of a bus behind them. As the picture suggests, you are distracted in this already dangerous activity of crossing a street by a bus "noise" and turn your attention behind you. A bus warning pedestrians that a bus is turning?
NEWS
February 3, 2010
Trains operate on a "right of way," which refers to the tracks and roadbed. That is not a pedestrian area, and those who are foolish enough to flirt with a speeding locomotive pay the consequences. Mishaps rarely occur in Europe, where the railroad has a firm presence and people respect its operation. Some are quick to blame the railroad when the responsibility falls on the pedestrian. Stay off the tracks or you face the possibility of death or serious injury. That decision is on you, not the train which is operating in its own area.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Two pedestrians were stuck by vehicles in separate incidents Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, police said. One person was struck at about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of McElderry and North Robinson streets, police said. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The other person was hit shortly after 3 p.m. near the intersection of North Aisquith Street and East Lafayette Avenue and taken to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said. Police did not know if the wet snowfall on Saturday was a factor in either incident.
NEWS
February 27, 1995
There's an old-fashioned concept called comity. Loosely defined, it means live and let live. One of the many places it does not prevail these days is at Baltimore's street crossings.Blind pedestrians -- distinguished by their white sticks or guide dogs -- are regularly endangered by motorists who refuse to pause a second or two to allow them to cross safely at an intersection. Advocates for the blind are seeking legislation to increase the penalties for failing to yield the right of way when traffic signals favor them.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
An elderly man and woman are being treated at Shock Trauma after they were struck by a car in Parkville on Saturday night, Baltimore County Police said. The pair was struck crossing Harford Road near Putty Hill Avenue, police said. The man, 80, was seriously injured; the woman suffered less serious injuries. Police said the driver remained at the scene and the accident is under investigation.
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January 28, 2011
I find Peter Bell's Jan. 27 letter to the editor, "Cars Shouldn't Stop for Pedestrians at Crosswalks," totally misguided and self serving. He argues that "if you're into carbon footprints, stopping and restarting a ton and a half of steel burns a lot more energy than if the pedestrian crosses after you've passed. " This twisted logic rewards the person who uses the most energy by giving the high energy user the right of way. For example, a right turning motorist fails to yield to a bicyclist, as happened to me, and when I asked her why she didn't yield, she said that cars always have the right of way over cyclists.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A 14-year-old girl was injured when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Harford Road near Harford Heights Elementary School on the northeast side of Baltimore Monday night, police said. Police said she had jaywalked across one lane of traffic in the 2100 block and was hit by an oncoming vehicle while continuing to cross at about 6:20 p.m. The vehicle that hit her stayed at the scene, police said. The teenager was taken to a hospital, where she was listed as stable in good condition, police said.
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By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
A man was arrested late Wednesday after he struck a pedestrian, then an unmarked police car, before doubling back and crashing his vehicle at the scene of the pedestrian accident, police said. At about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, a 45-year-old man was struck in the intersection of Bentalou St. and Lafayette Ave., Baltimore police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Silbert said. The driver of a silver Mercury Grand Prix fled the scene in the 900 block of Bentalou and struck an unmarked police car in the 1300 block of Bentalou, Silbert said.
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Dan Rodricks | August 15, 2014
First, let me acknowledge the following: The Baltimore harbor is still too polluted, too many Baltimoreans still throw too much trash in the street; we need better results from the city's public schools and more involved parents of school-age kids; we need to lower property taxes; we need to better support city businesses; we need to foster healthy morale and principled duty among teachers, firefighters and police officers, and they need to be adequately...
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
A 71-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Essex after he stepped into its path Friday night, Baltimore County police said. Police said the crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. at Back River Neck and Poles roads. The victim, Willard Patrick Hagy Jr., of Essex, was struck by a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon. The driver remained at the scene, police said. Hagy was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police did not indicate what may have contributed to the fatal incident, and said it is being reviewed by the Crash Team.
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July 16, 2014
It is unbelievable that the cream of the crop of our youth, university graduates who have completed 18 years of education, do not know how to safely cross a highway, a skill I learned in second grade ( "University of Maryland, city officials urge pedestrian safety on U.S. 1," July 7). If irresponsible people make irresponsible decisions, who bears the responsibility for the consequences? To place the burden on Maryland taxpayers is irresponsible and wrong. Bill Garrison - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to lower the speed limit and add median fencing and a new traffic light on U.S. 1 near the University of Maryland, College Park, after a startling number of pedestrian deaths on the road. Officials decided to expedite the safety measures - ideas that came from a months-long study of the area - to have them in place by the upcoming fall semester. Three pedestrians have been killed crossing U.S. 1 in the past six months. Beginning Aug. 1, U.S. 1's speed limit will be dropped to 25 mph from 30 mph between Guilford and Berwyn roads, the highway administration said.
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January 24, 2011
As a cyclist and pedestrian, I thought the article "For pedestrians, Md. is one of the most dangerous" (Jan. 24) was particularly appropriate. Recently, I was out bicycling in Columbia and was waiting on the sidewalk to cross at one of the marked pedestrian crosswalks on Great Star Road in the River Hill community. As a driver blew through the intersection, I pointed up at the sign for pedestrian crossing, to direct his attention to it. He actually did a U-turn and came back to yell at me. He claimed that Maryland law didn't require him to stop and that and I had no business pointing to the sign; he then did another U-turn to return to westbound Great Star and, as he passed me, he rolled down his window to yell some invective.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Norfolk Southern freight train late Saturday in Aberdeen. A man was on the Amtrak tracks in the 300 block of South Phildelphia Boulevard just before midnight Saturday when he was hit by a freight train heading south, according to Lt. Fred Budnick of Aberdeen Police Department. Freight trains frequently use the Amtrak tracks, he said. The incident happened behind Advance Auto Parts. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Budnick said Sunday.
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July 12, 2014
Last weekend a 21-year-old University of Maryland student from Randallstown was struck and killed by a minivan ( "University of Maryland, city officials urge pedestrian safety on U.S. 1," July 7). While tragic on its own, two additional pedestrians have been killed in the last six months, all near College Park on U.S. Route 1, the campus' busiest road. State Highway Administration officials have worked to prevent future deaths by posting "No Pedestrian" signs, marking curbs and crosswalks, trimming trees and re-timing traffic signals.
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