July was a deadly month for people who walked in Atlanta or DeKalb County.
On July 11 Baraka Sentmore, a mother of four, was killed while standing on a small refuge island at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Morosgo Drive. She worked at the nearby Kroger and was struck while waiting to cross Piedmont to get to work. Less than two weeks later, Gerald Dent, James Johnson and Janet Pickney were killed while walking in DeKalb County.
PEDS offers sincere condolences for the victims’ families and friends, whose lives will be scarred forever.
The brutal crashes that killed Baraka Sentmore, Gerald Dent, James Johnson and Janet Pickney were tragic. But they were also predictable and preventable. The crashes were also symptoms of a region that invests far too little in pedestrian safety improvements.
Please join us on August 11 to Rally for Safe Streets.We’ll gather at 9:00 am at the SW corner of Piedmont and Morosgo Drive.
Together, we’ll urge elected officials and transportation professionals to fund and implement safety improvements now. Safety can’t wait.