Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Another Fatality on Deadly Route 13

On Monday Night Cheryl Janzer was struck and killed Monday night while walking her bike across Route 13 in Bristol. Janzer was struck in the northbound lanes of Route 13 between Route 413 and Bath Road by a minivan about 9 p.m. driven by Frances Ruth Dunbar of Bristol Township, police said.

Just 10 days before Jennifer Harley, a 28-year-old Fairless Hills mother, was killed by a hit and run driver cross Route 13 and an SUV struck her. The week before Harley was killed, two pedestrians were seriously injured when they were struck by a motorist on Route 13 at Bath Road less than a 1/4 mile from of Monday’s crash.

An article in the Bucks County Courier Times notes that major safety improvements are on the way, but the glacial pace of the process that includes simple line painting is one that has to be changed. Why have so many allowed to die on this deadly stretch of roadway? The article notes that the pedestrian safety improvements proposals first came about in a traffic study completed in 2003. We have written about the Route 13 fatalities on this blog many times before.

And of course we need to highlight the most vile comment for the story - Bangie wrote "If people don't know how to cross the street they deserve to get hit."

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