I simply attended the memorial service for Donelle “Nellie” Yelli, the pedestrian who was killed in a crosswalk close to Inexperienced Lake by a suspected drunken driver who then fled the scene [“Seattle hit-and-run victim to be honored at site where she was killed,” NWSaturday, Jan. 7]. Nellie died every week in the past however indicators of the accident are nonetheless seen within the crosswalk as a coronary heart-wrenching reminder that a drunken driver killed a human being, irreversibly and ceaselessly.
It occurred to me that a method every of us can honor Nellie and all the different pedestrians who’ve been killed by automobiles is to do the whole lot we probably can to keep away from turning into the subsequent sufferer.
Till there are not any extra drunk, texting, distracted, drained or in any other case harmful drivers on the street, pedestrians should take full duty for their very own security. Please put on brilliant, reflective clothes or a reflective vest. Darkish garments are a recipe for catastrophe and security ought to overrule trend. Please assume each driver doesn’t see you and act accordingly. Please depart your cellphone in your pocket and take note of visitors.
Allow us to honor Nellie and different victims by dressing visibly, strolling defensively and asking everybody you realize to do the identical.
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Paul Thomas, Seattle