Two innocent pedestrians were killed in Arlington and Dallas this week.
Early Thursday morning a woman in Dallas was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Dallas. The woman was crossing the street in her motorized wheelchair in East Dallas when the driver hit her and sped off – leaving her dead in the road.
In Arlington, a Ducanville man died Wednesday after he was hit by a drunk driver in Arlington on West Division Street. Cleveland Jourden was crossing the street when the pickup truck hit him. The driver of the truck, Bradley Wetzel, was arrested and is facing charges of driving while intoxicated.
This is the 14th traffic fatality in Arlington this year.
Sadly, these two deaths only provide support for the claim in a new study by Transportation for America that says the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area is the 10th most-dangerous place for pedestrians in the United States.
As gas prices go up there's no doubt in my mind that we will see more people walking and biking to get where they need to go in DFW. The drivers, pedestrians and cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington have got to be more conscious of pedestrian safety. The fact that there have already been 14 pedestrian deaths in Arlington this year is just not tolerable.