Friends of Teen Killed in Traffic Accident Win Approval for New SignalPlease students, don't ever let anyone tell you that politics is somehow inherently dirty and undesirable. Here's a bittersweet and beautiful example of local politics in action.
The Sacramento Bee today reports of an announcement by local government and school district officials that a much-needed traffic signal is slated to be installed at the intersection of Fruitridge Rd and 58th Street, the result of political action by West Campus High School students following the death of their friend and classmate, Michelle Murigi nearly two years ago. Michelle was walking in the intersection's crosswalk near the high school after mentoring younger children at nearby Mark Twain Elementary School. As the Bee reports:
Sacramento police said a car in the far eastbound lane had stopped to allow Michelle to cross at 56th Avenue, but a car in the inside eastbound lane continued through the crosswalk and struck her. The second driver had been unable to see Michelle because of the stopped car.
Michelle sustained severe trauma and died the next day.
According to Terry Preston, coordinator of pedestrian advocacy group WALK Sacramento, Fruitridge Road was initially designed as a “mini-highway in an urban area.”
“That leads to people flying down the road too fast,” he said.
Preston said the city of Sacramento has known about unsafe conditions on Fruitridge for years...Michelle's friends petitioned neighbors, lobbied school and city officials and even made a documentary in their successful effort to convince leaders to prioritize the Fruitridge Road signal.
That's working to improve the community. That's being political. That's politics.