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Near Milwaukee, former official blames lack of sidewalk for car-pedestrian fatality

A former Greenfield city council member is speaking out against the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's failure to provide sidewalks along a busy street where a pedestrian was killed earlier this week after being struck by a car.

Although this happened in the suburbs of Milwaukee, not La Crosse, we think that public safety is everyone's concern. We all need to know what's happening in every corner of the state because we can learn from what other cities and towns are doing right and what they aren't doing quite properly.

The fatal pedestrian-car accident occurred Monday afternoon. The 54-year-old victim, a South Milwaukee man, was walking against traffic along a busy street when he was struck by a Cadillac Escalade. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

There was no sidewalk on the side of the street on which the man was walking and it appears he had no way to cross the busy street to reach the other side, which does have a sidewalk.

A former city council member spoke to a local media outlet and said that he had tried for years to get the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to install sidewalks in the area because he was concerned about safety, but the sidewalks never materialized.

We wonder if this fatal car-pedestrian accident will finally result in sidewalks being installed. It should not take an innocent person's death to prompt action, but sometimes that's the way it works.

We extend our most sincere sympathies to the family of the deceased.

Source: Greenfield Patch, "Pedestrian Killed in Car Accident Identified," David Cotey, Oct. 17, 2012

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