Armed with some zip ties and a poster board, Evren Sonmez was on a mission. She spent Sunday, Nov. 12, together with her staff, making an attempt to jog our reminiscences.
“All of those individuals had lives, that they had households, that they had individuals who love them, and those that they liked,” she stated.
They have been beloved fifty seven occasions over.
Now, they’re merely a logo the place an individual as soon as was. A poster board cutout has been positioned on numerous streets round Tucson to honor the fifty seven individuals killed in visitors crashes on Tucson’s streets in 2017, in response to Sonmez, Program Supervisor of the Dwelling Streets Alliance group.
Of the whole variety of visitors deaths, 26 individuals have been killed whereas strolling, 19 have been killed whereas driving a automotive, eleven have been killed whereas driving a motorbike, and one was killed whereas driving a bicycle, the group stated in a information launch.
SEE THE MAP (posted by Dwelling Streets Alliance).
“Visitors crashes are preventable; they don’t seem to be accidents. Cities throughout the nation are taking daring and essential steps to revamp their streets in a solution to prioritize security over velocity and comfort to save lots of human lives,” the information launch said. “Dwelling Streets Alliance and companions will erect 4-foot silhouettes in any respect fifty three places the place visitors crashes have claimed lives in Tucson this yr, to attract consideration to the necessity for safer streets.”
Sonmez spoke with Tucson Information Now as she was personally placing up a cutout at Oracle and grant, after diving deeper into some robust tales.
“The silhouettes, you realize, I spent a variety of time studying the crash particulars this previous week,” she stated with a sigh. “So I’ve gotten to know these people after they’re not with us.”
At Oracle Street and grant Street, an eighty two-yr-previous man was killed whereas strolling within the intersection on June 20, 2017.
Sonmez needs him to be extra than simply one other statistic.
“It is develop into a problem the place we’re so forgetful about it. Or it is identical to it is one other visitors crash.”
The Dwelling Streets Alliance is encouraging Tucsonans to take part in a vigil and ceremony for World Day of Remembrance for Street Visitors Victims on Sunday, Nov. 19. There can be a gathering from four:30-5:30 p.m. at Tucson Metropolis Corridor.
They’re inviting household and associates of those that have misplaced family members in 2017 as a consequence of visitors crashes to return ahead and share their tales and reminiscences.
For Tucson occasion particulars and extra info, click on right here.
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