Pedestrian fatality, rollover crash highlight well-known safety issues on Memorial Drive

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“No More Memorials on Memorial Drive”: Nearby residents and friends gathered on April 17 to remember Barbara Crawford and call for safety improvements on Memorial Drive. 

KIRKWOOD _ A pair of frightening crashes in the last month are fresh reminders of the life-or-death safety issues on Memorial Drive that have been raised by area residents for years.

In the first, a woman was killed while walking across Memorial Drive in the Kirkwood neighborhood on the evening of Monday, March 20, 2017. Barbara Crawford was crossing at the un-signalized intersection of Campbell Street when she was struck by a westbound driver and pronounced dead at the scene. Atlanta Police found that the victim was not in a marked crosswalk and the driver was not at fault. This is a common finding with pedestrian-vehicle crashes, regardless of road conditions and the location of the nearest legal crosswalk. In this case, the nearest crosswalk was about 350 feet to the east at Warren Street.

In the second, a collision of two drivers ended with one of the vehicles rolled onto the sidewalk at East Lake Terrace, where schoolchildren and parents pass on their way to Drew Charter School. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.  Continue reading “Pedestrian fatality, rollover crash highlight well-known safety issues on Memorial Drive”