Sum1 I love was put in a months' coma & died b/c a driver hit them while skateboarding down a street w/o a sidewalk
The trauma I &his fam &friends hv from it is life-altering & nvr goes away. No1 watched btw.
He was 16 years old.
It NEVER crossed my mind that this didn't have 2happen if the street was just...not like that. It NVR crossed my mind to be mad or upset at the driver (still kind of doesn't make sense to do that tho per se). Policy &accessibility to these systems inform our lives.
This street had no sidewalks. No lights. No street lamps.
He was skating from his own home to his best friend's house.
Again. A street w/o sidewalks, no bike lanes, no shoulder, +v curvy. This time in daylight. It was close to a highway ramp. Rural town btw.
Still didn't dawn on me.
Her mom's memorial bicycle post is still set up by that highway ramp &every time I go back home, it has new 🌸s. Every time.
Her single gma became the new guardian of her &her lil sis
Her oldest sibling had to pay off all the debt. They got endless predatory calls from collectors. It was awful.
This includes families, teenagers, children, people living with disabilities (visible or not), people who can't drive (tons of different reasons for this), and communities.