At about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, I was on my nightly run with my four-legged companion. She had on a reflective vest, and I had a bright running light around my waist. As we approached the four-way intersection of North Benson and Stillson roads, we stopped to wait until it was safe to cross on the crosswalk.
The crosswalk was very well lit, with stopped cars headlights at both directions, as well as multiple streetlights. When we saw that it was safe to cross, we jogged through the crosswalk. Three-quarters through, a white sports car came barreling through the crosswalk, millimeters from killing my dog. Thankfully, the car only caught onto her safety vest and tore it off. She had no other scrapes or indications of injury. I was more concerned about confirming my pets' well being than I was at attaining the driver's license plate number. He did not stop; he did not swerve; he blared his horn at us and gave me the finger as he sped away up North Benson Road.
I am writing in the hopes that we can shed some light on crosswalk rules and regulations and the rights of pedestrians. I realize they are not a force field and can only provide safety for pedestrians from a legal standpoint. However, I wish that drivers would be more knowledgeable and law abiding when it comes to crosswalks. Trigger is not just a dog, she is my companion. She comes to work with me daily and is by my side 24/7. When I spoke to a Fairfield police officer about this instance, the officer said the driver was clearly in the wrong and should have been arrested. If he had hit my dog and killed her, he could have been sued. I do not care about the compensation. No amount of money could replace her or ease the ache of losing my companion.
How can a pedestrian be safe in a crosswalk when reckless drivers pay no mind?
The writer works in Fairfield.