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SDOT to Improve Street Where James St. Clair Was Killed

St. Clair Memorial

Gene Tagaban gathers spirits at the James St. Clair Memorial Walk.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is making much needed improvements to 35th Ave SW & SW Graham St in High Point, the site where 69-year-old James St. Clair was killed last December as he crossed the street.

St. Clair was the fifth fatality along 35th Ave SW since 2006. “It’s a street that really needs some focus and city attention,” said Cathy Tuttle, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

In January, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways  organized a Memorial Walk for St. Clair that included his family, other residents of his West Seattle neighborhood, and safety advocates, including former mayor Mike McGinn. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways plans Memorial Walks and Bike Rides for all Seattle walking and biking traffic fatalities. At the memorial, St. Clair’s niece, Darlene Saxby, spoke about her uncle’s generosity, and how much she would miss him. She told reporters, “I just hope my uncle’s death is not in vain. I think it would make him happy if he knew his sacrifice could help others.”

St. Clair’s brother Oscar added, in a statement, “I pray a positive light will happen because of this. A lot of people need to walk in the evening. They want to go to the grocery store like Jim did on his last night. I hope in his memory we see brighter lights, a stoplight, a safer community.”

Now it seems these aspirations for safer streets are starting to be realized. In February, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced a multi-year traffic safety corridor project for 35th Avenue SW. And in early June, High Point residents received notice that the Graham St. intersection where St. Clair was killed would be altered in the coming months to limit drivers to right turns only.

More 35th SW corridor improvements are planned. Watch for an SDOT kick-off meeting to discuss them October 22, 2014.

Vigil Walk for Trevon Holden 8/5/13

A family and community are devastated as 15-year-old Trevon Crease-Holden fights for his life with a head injury after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Friday, July 19.

The Rainier Valley community is gathering on Monday, August 5 at 5:30pm the QFC on Rainier, 2707 Rainier Ave S, and walking four blocks to the site of the tragedy at MLK and South Walden Street. Trevon’s mother, Quianna Holden and other community leaders intend to speak at the Walden collision site. Representatives from local advocacy organizations and the Seattle Mayor’s Office plan to attend.

Trevon was on his way home with his little brother from a late night open gym at a local community center when they entered a marked crosswalk at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Walden Street. A vehicle travelling south on MLK struck Trevon and continued without stopping to provide information or render aid.  Seattle Fire Department responded and Seattle Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver.

Quianna Holden says she can forgive the driver for hitting her son, but she cannot forgive the driver for not coming forward.  She went on KIRO TV to make a heartbreaking plea­ for the person responsible to come forward so she can at least have answers. His mother says Trevon is a good son, and a good athlete who hoped to start football this year at Franklin High School.

 

Nearby transit: 7, 8, 9, 14, 48 Metro buses and the Mt. Baker Transit Station

 

While the pedestrian fatality rate has decreased in recent years in the Rainier Valley thanks to improvements by Seattle Department of Transportation, until we start to prioritize streets for people, drivers will continue to speed along Rainier Valley arterials at dangerously high rates of speed. New investments in pedestrian safety will continue to make the Rainier Valley a safer and more welcoming community.

 

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Bike Works, and Rainier Valley Greenways support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action. With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, thousands of deaths and injuries can be prevented.

 

Community leaders will walk with us. Please join us to pay your respects and to show your support for Trevon and his family and safe and healthy streets in Seattle!