DC Trawler

Never Assume A Driver Will Respect Your Right Of Way As A Pedestrian

You only have the right of way up until the moment somebody behind the wheel decides he’s more important than you are.

Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Danika Fears, NY Post:

A driver speeding the wrong way up Seventh Avenue plowed into pedestrians in Times Square, killing at least one person and injuring 18 others…

The motorist was identified by police sources as Richard Rojas, a 26-year-old Bronx resident with two prior DWIs…

The motorist reportedly drove the wrong way up Seventh Avenue for up to three blocks, hitting several people along the way before crashing into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway…

This is scary to think about, but it can happen at pretty much any moment. When you’re walking down a city street, you’re at the mercy of every single driver.

I know whereof I speak. One night about seven years ago I crossed a street in Washington, DC, assuming I was safe because I was crossing with the Walk signal and had the right of way. I wasn’t safe. Nobody is safe.

Keep your head on a swivel, pedestrians. Never assume a driver can see you, or cares. I hope Richard Rojas gets what’s coming to him, but it doesn’t give those people their lives back.