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Phyllis Seidman fatally injured by car

Original post made on Dec 10, 2008

The memorial service for Phyllis Seidman, who died Tuesday night after she was struck by an SUV in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon, will be held in January to give family and friends time to travel from afar, according to her daughter Jennifer Seidman.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 5, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Ron Wolf, a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 10, 2008 at 12:58 am

How terribly sad, for Phyllis, for her family, and friends, for the driver, and for her family and friends. But, even worse, there is nothing unusual in this tragedy. The pedestrian death rate in California, especially in our cities, is outrageous. From this table - Web Link - I calculate that 21% of traffic related deaths in California cities are to pedestrians!! Add in bicycle rider deaths and the percentage rises to 25%. Not only is this a moral outrage, it points to all sorts of planning and budgeting and awareness issues.

One thing that The Weekly could do to help would be to change your wording when reporting on traffic accidents. To say that "the Highlander was traveling northbound on Cowper and had crossed Embarcadero when it struck Seidman" depersonalizes the incident and removes responsibility from the driver. The accident is not the SUV's fault, its the drivers fault.

BTW, I applaud the driver for staying on the site of the accident. Thank you for taking that responsibility.


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