Today the Spectator published a letter to the editor that I wrote last week just after a pedestrian was killed at the corner of Main St. and James St.
At the time, it looked as through the pedestrian stepped out in front of traffic, and I was appalled at all the people saying things like, "Well, she should have been more careful."
I wrote the letter in response to this tendency to blame the pedestrian for her own irresponsibility by arguing that the practice of assigning blame draws attention away from the larger issue that high-speed traffic kills many more pedestrians than low-speed traffic.
That analysis turns out to have been somewhat premature. Now it appears that the vehicle was turning right from James onto Main, and the police might lay charges.
It appears we 'jumped the gun' on interpreting a tragic incident in the context of Hamilton's system of downtown expressways. I think the broad point about high speed thoroughfares still stands, but may not be as applicable to this incident as I had assumed.
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