Last week, I saw yet another major accident on Fifth Street West near Safeway – a motorcyclist heading north, struck by a car turning into the Safeway parking lot.
Less than a year ago, my teenage son and his friend were run down by an elderly driver just a block away, at the Sassarini crosswalk. While they survived, both were seriously injured.
And two weeks after that accident, a man was run down and killed at the Safeway crosswalk. This is now three major accidents on that small stretch of road in less than a year, and these are just the ones that I personally happened upon.
After my son’s accident, and then the fatality that soon followed, there was a City Council meeting to discuss solutions. Many proposals were made but, to the best of my knowledge, nothing was ever done.
It’s time to shut down the Fifth Street West driveway access to Safeway. There is simply too much traffic chaos and cars coming from all directions. It’s a disaster in the making, and there have already been many.