Here’s a very important story that got buried by all the Super Bowl frenzy: A woman who was struck while walking across Rainier Ave January 23 spoke to King 5 recently about what it has been like to recover physically and get through the trauma of being struck in a crosswalk by someone in a pickup who fled the scene.
According to police, the suspect is a 50-year-old white man with plate number: WA B33705Z. Anyone with information should call Detective Parker at 206.233.0059.
But whether the suspect is found or not, Myurie Ausler is left to recover and wonder why this happened. Here’s the video:
Unfortunately, Ausler’s collision is just the latest in an essentially endless stream of terrible instances of traffic violence on Seattle’s most dangerous neighborhood street.
But the city is finally getting serious about addressing dangerous road design issues that have plagued the Southeast Seattle street for decades. The project will address dangerous crosswalks, rampant high-end speeding and various other safety issues through a combination of short-term and long-term projects.
Though the city’s project scope actually ends about 1.5 miles south of Massachusetts, where Ausler was struck, it will hopefully be just the start of a desperately-overdue safe streets makeover on Rainier Ave. Once complete, it could be a powerful change in how safe and comfortable the street is for all people whether they are walking, driving, biking, shopping at businesses or waiting for the bus.