Every year, more than 1.2 million people lose their lives in traffic collisions across the globe -- including more than 37,000 in the United States. In Los Angeles, 587 people lost their lives to traffic collisions in the past 3 years. 64 of them in just the first 6 months of 2018.
Last Sunday, November 18th, SoCal Families for Safe Streets (a project of Los Angeles Walks and SAFE) gathered at Los Angeles Historic State Park to mark the 25th International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018.
The purpose was to remember those killed and injured on our streets, together with their families, friends and many others who are affected.
Heart breaking speeches were included in the event from:
- Founding member, Debbie, who lost her son, Aidan (7) when he was hit by a truck while crossing the street. Stop4Aidan.org
- Founding member, Beverly, who lost her grandson, Zachary (5), to a distracted driver who ran a stop sign. OursDid.org
- Jeri Lynch -- lost her son, Conor (16) who was out for a run when he was hit and killed by a distracted hit and run driver. InHonorofConor.org
- DeeDee Gonzalez -- a motorcyclist who was hit and severely injured by a distracted driver.
And more represented this group of great and brave individuals. There were many testimonials, like:
"Thoughts and prayers aren't working. What is needed is change." -- Beverly Shelton
"I am more than a headline, a dot on a map, or a data point. I am a body shattered by a horrific collision that could have been prevented. I will be in pain, and in rehab, indefinitely." -- DeeDee Gonzalez
Our streets have stories. And more were collected to form a unified voice for change. A change in language is key. #CrashNOTAccident
Thank you to all who joined us and to Los Angeles Walks for taking the reigns on a GREAT event! To see all photos from the event, click here.