It could have been any of us.
A family and community are devastated by a serious collision in the heart of Madison Park. On Friday morning, August 23, a man walking in a marked crosswalk on East Madison Street was critically injured and taken to Harborview Hospital. He was allegedly struck by another man riding his bicycle past the Madison Park Wells Fargo Bank branch heading into the business district from the west.
According to the Madison Park Blogger, a collision this serious was inevitable. Wells Fargo branch manager, Michael Morrow, saw Friday’s collision and said there have been numerous collisions at that crosswalk in the three years he’s been in the job. Mr. Morrow was already involved with the efforts of the Madison Park Community Council, Madison Park Business Association, and Madison Park Greenways, to get a Seattle city grant to improve this crosswalk.
The Madison Park community is gathering on Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank, 4009 E Madison Street at the site of the tragedy. Community leaders and City officials intend to speak at the collision site about traffic safety and possible street improvements.
According to the Madison Park Blogger, “there is a lack of visibility both for those crossing the street and those traveling on Madison. In this incident, cars were parked on both sides of the south end of the crosswalk. The sight lines were blocked, the pedestrian did not see the cyclist nor the other way around.”
The Madison Park Community Council, Madison Park Business Association, Madison Park Greenways and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action. With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, thousands of deaths and injuriessuch as this can be prevented.
Community leaders will walk with us. Please join us to pay your respects and to show your support for the victim and his family.