Last week a pedestrian was hit near Brickell Avenue.  Below is the story according to the victim.  Apparently the driver of the vehicle was not ticketed.  Natalie Brown from the Brickell Homeowners Association forwarded this email to Transit Miami.

“I’m contacting you because you might be interested in what happened to me November 11.  I live at Brickell Place D building and walk most every morning to Publix or Walgreen’s. When I was returning I walked to where I can enter the building….that is the driveway where cars go in and out.  I crossed the driveway where the cars are leaving the building and I stood and waited a moment to see if it was clear for me to continue to the gate which I would enter.  All of a sudden a white car swung into the drive and came towards me and hit me.

I just layed there on my stomach…..the lady driver came over and was crying and I couldn’t move. Another lady came along….put my jacket under my head (which was bleeding) and she called my husband for me. I think it was a policeman who asked me what happened. All I said was “The driver entered the driveway very very fast.” Then the ambulance came and took me to Mercy Hospital.

It’s ironic that the very next day there was a long article in the Herald about the walkers vs. cars on Brickell! I read your name in the article and thought that you would be interested to hear what happened to me.

According to the police report, I believe that the driver did not get a ticket. I had to have 8 stitches over my eye…there was a large hematoma on my temple and I have bruises and lots of pain in my back.

You are right….there are not enough crosswalks on Brickell, and in fact, to enter our building from Brickell Av. there is not one crosswalk.”

The victim went on to say…

“Indeed we need more crosswalks and I believe that the speed limit should be reduced especially in the residential part of Brickell.”

Commissioner Gimenez and Mayor Regalado attended the BHA meeting last night. Both support pedestrian-friendly improvements on Brickell Avenue. They believe Representative Luis Garcia can help Brickell Avenue residents and businesses by lobbying FDOT in Tallahassee.

If you know of any similar incidents on Brickell Avenue, please let us know in the comments section.  Sadly, there is still no word if FDOT will make any ped-friendly improvements on Brickell.

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4 Responses to Pedestrian Hit Near Brickell Avenue, Mayor Regalado and Commisioner Gimenez Support Ped-Friendly Streets; FDOT Still Says No

  1. UDB says:

    Glad to hear you guys are staying on top of this issue, but big transit news earlier today is how the MPO came pretty close to killing the project to bring passenger train service to the FEC. In this case FDOT and the cities were the good guys, while most of the county commissioners played the role of clown college opposition. The MPO has decided to delay a decision for a month or two, but the level of ignorance and numerous excuses to do nothing were downright alarming. All Transit Miami readers need to go to the county website and watch the MPO meeting video and get engaged on this issue. It is embarassing and bizarre that Broward and Palm Beach are the progressive ones trying to make this happen, while Dade is living up to its banana republic reputation and might be bringing these FEC efforts to a screeching halt.

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  2. nevernot says:

    I say we hold a good old fashioned protest. Shut down Brickel with our bodies and notify the press in advance. How many people have to be injured, how many times should we replace that bus stop, how many accidents have to occur before the people supposedly looking out for us take notice and do the right thing. Time to force their hand.

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  3. Jeff says:

    I’ve never seen someone get hit, but I have seen several times people jay walking and drivers speeding (even racing). If that doesn’t seem like a recipe for a pedestrian being struck I don’t know what is.

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  4. Luisana says:

    Good afternoon,
    Is there any place where we can report parked cars in the sidewalk? I know that the law says that is illegal to park in sidewalks, but I would like to know where to report them. Than you.

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