Another pedestrian died this weekend after being hit by a car. Stephen W. Shockley was walking his dog Friday evening when he was hit by a minivan trying to cross Francis between Elm and Cannon streets. It’s not clear yet if the driver will be cited.
What concerns me about this is that it is the seventh fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Spokane this year. Yes, SEVEN! What the heck people, what’s going on out there?? I realize this last guy was crossing mid-block but I know that most of the pedestrians killed this year were in crosswalks and had the right of way. I don’t have pedestrian death statistics in front of me right now, but I’m guessing this has to be some kind of record for Spokane. And not the kind of record we want.