The driver rammed into the vehicle parked behind Kelly’s own car on Arkansas Avenue. The impact was hard. It caused the hit car to lurch foward, pinning Kelly’s leg against her own car’s bumper and crushing her knee. Instead of heading to Virginia for the weekend, Kelly went straight to the hospital for an emergency operation to save her foot from amputation.
Today, Kelly is healing. The driver, who was intoxicated, awaits a sentence. But the underlying issues that make Arkansas Avenue dangerous remain.
The stretch of street where Kelly was struck outside her house — Arkansas Avenue NW between 13th and 14th Streets — is desperately in need of safety improvements. Because of the way that the road was designed, drivers routinely speed 10 to 20 miles per hour over the limit, creating safety concerns for the families and kids who walk and bike in the neighborhood. To keep everybody safe and tragedy-free in the future, we need to slow down the traffic on this residential street.
We can fix this. By painting lane markers and raising the grade of sidewalks, we can slow traffic on Arkansas Avenue to prevent crashes. But we need your help.
We are a group of neighbors, elected officials, and concerned citizens pushing the city to institute “traffic calming” — changes to the street to encourage slower, more careful driving — along Arkansas Avenue NW. Will you join us?