Call to action after more than fifty lives lost due to car crashes in Tucson

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Loved ones of the 57 victims killed in car crashes gathered at Tucson City Hall Sunday night. In a call to action effort to propose safer streets in Tucson. 

Organizers with Living Streets Alliance named each victim one-by-one, lighting candles and putting yellow ribbons on silhouette to remember those killed. 

 


 
One of the victims called on Sunday night, 25-year-old, Joseph Gonzales who left behind a baby after he was hit and killed while riding his motorcycle from work back in March.

His mother, Shelley Gonzales says, she misses him everyday. "It's obvious that he wasn't the only one hurt on our streets."

In 2017 alone, 57 people have been killed according to Living Street Aliiance,

  • 26 killed walking
  • 19 driving
  • 11 riding a motorcycle
  • 1 riding a bike 

Gonzales says, "drivers need to slow down and respect the other person on the streets." 

 

 

Emily Yetman, Executive Director of Living Streets Alliance says crashes are preventable. "Designing our roadways differently can prioritize safety to hopefully decrease the number of crashes that we're seeing and make them less destructive."

Yetman says, it's up to the community to make a decision to do something about Tucson streets to save a life. 

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