No End in Sight for Deadly Santa Rosa Crashes

By Matt Baume
|  Monday, Apr 25, 2011  |  Updated 2:47 PM PDT
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No End in Sight for Deadly Santa Rosa Crashes

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TxDOT is launching a public awareness campaign that urges drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

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Sleepy Santa Rosa is seemingly powerless to end a wave of vehicular violence, with a steady stream of dead and wounded pedestrians day after day.

The latest crash involves a local bus that plowed into a man moments after pulling away from the curb. The victim sustained arm and leg fractures. Now hospitalized, his condition is said to be improving.

But the same can't be said of a man killed the same weekend at a nearby crosswalk. He's the fourth death this year in Santa Rosa crosswalks. Motorists have also slain a 2-year old girl, a skateboarder and an elderly man.

And then there's the blind couple that was injured in a Santa Rosa crosswalk earlier this year. After sustaining serious leg fractures, one of the victims is now speaking out on behalf of advocates for the blind and for pedestrian safety.

And that's not the end of Santa Rosa's gory trend. This weekend, a speeding motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle, falling to the pavement. The motorcycle kept traveling without him and careened into a nearby home. The driver was not wearing a helmet, and is suspected to have been drinking.

Santa Rosa police have vowed to crack down on reckless, drunk, and distracted driver. But the ongoing wave of death and dismemberment would seem to indicate that there are simply more drivers in the town than authorities can keep under control.

In the mean time, if you find yourself near Santa Rosa, don't forget to put on a helmet if you're going to be anywhere near cars.

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