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83-Year-Old Pedestrian Dies from Injuries After Collision

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 13, 2013

An 83-year-old woman has died from injuries sustained when she was involved in a collision with an automobile while crossing Upper Gage at Mohawk.

The collision took place just after 5:00 PM on May 25. The pedestrian was hospitalized with severe injuries and died on June 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM. Her name is being withheld at the request of her family.

According to an update from Hamilton Police Services, charges are pending for the motorist involved in the collision.

This is the second pedestrian fatality and the fifth overall traffic fatality for Hamilton in 2013.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted June 13, 2013 at 11:51:15

"Alcohol and speed have been ruled out by the Collision Reconstruction Unit."

Will be curious to learn exactly what went wrong.









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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted June 14, 2013 at 17:31:39 in reply to Comment 89528

"[...]speed have been ruled out"

So the car wasn't moving?

(kidding)

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By SCRAP (anonymous) | Posted June 13, 2013 at 20:43:01

Condolencse to the family

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By Henry and Joe (anonymous) | Posted June 15, 2013 at 09:37:07

A red light camera seems to be the hand waving solution to this problem according to today's paper. This is an emotional and unreasoned response. Why hold a community meeting if they already have a predetermined solution? Anecdotally, I can say that the red light camera at King and Dundurn doesn't make that intersection safer. All it does is raise cash while able bodied people still approach the intersection with fear and trepidation. Anyone with any type of physical limitation would probably stay clear of this abomination altogether.

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By bikehounds (anonymous) | Posted June 16, 2013 at 19:35:43

Red light cameras don't work nearly as well as lengthening the yellow. Hamilton's yellow lights are set to the minimum length (maximum danger) allowed by law (3.3 seconds)

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By Noted (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:16:43

Ward councillor Tom Jackson says the busy Mountain intersection, used by 25,000 vehicles a day, is a hot bed for more than 100 seniors who cross daily, some using canes or walkers. He's been told repeatedly they feel unsafe.

"There have been a lot of near misses," Jackson said, adding reckless driving contributes greatly to the safety issue. "They (drivers) are putting the pedestrians potentially at peril."

Jackson is organizing a town hall meeting next month with members of police and senior citizens who live in the area. It will be held at 801 Upper Gage where Webb lived, but a date has not yet been set.

Jackson hopes to call the new red-light camera "Webb Camera," in a tribute to Vivian Webb.

Jackson has also been working with the city's traffic department and police to increase the pedestrian countdown signals. Right now, pedestrians have 25 seconds to cross the four lanes before the hand starts flashing. He says it's a great challenge for some who walk slowly and they panic when the flashing hand appears.

"We need to do something to get the message across," he added. "We have a lot of vulnerable seniors that cross here and pedestrians should always come first."

Peter Webb, 61, finds it ironic his mother was hit at that intersection. He would often hear her scold other seniors who tried to cross on the flashing light there just steps from her apartment.

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/3837839-police-probing-crash-that-killed-senior/


If the crosswalk timing is unrealistic based on established neighbourhood demographics, it seems to me that it's not just drivers at fault. The City is putting the pedestrians potentially at peril.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 18, 2013 at 13:29:09 in reply to Comment 89575

The problem is not so much reckless driving as it is reckless street design.

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