What a sad weekend on Portland's streets.
On Saturday night, a man tried to cross Foster Road at 122nd Avenue and was struck by a car and initially declared deceased by police. The great docs at OHSU were later able to somehow revive the man, whose name has not been released.
- DAVE NEESON
The night Finlay died, two students crossing the street near Franklin High on SE 52nd and Woodward were injured in a hit-and-run. As BikePortland noted, that stretch of road is slated for bike/ped safety improvements... since first being identified as a priority 15 years ago.
All this tragedy points to a conclusion: if you don't think Portland needs to invest in making its streets safer, you're crazy. That means we need to push for better sidewalks, better-lit crosswalks, separated bike paths and more stringent punishments for people who use cars as deadly weapons.
Update 4:36 pm: Catherine Ciarlo at the mayor's office says that the city plans to install a flashing pedestrian signal in the crosswalk where Finlay and friend Lindsay Leonard were killed before the end of the month.