‘In Our Shoes’ Commemorates Victims of Traffic Violence

In Our Shoes installation remembers victims of traffic violence. All photos by Joe Linton
In Our Shoes installation remembers victims of traffic violence. All photos by Joe Linton

On the steps of City Hall East this afternoon, hundreds of shoes commemorated the hundreds of people killed in traffic violence. The #inourshoes installation was created by Southern California Families for Safe Streets for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Families gathered at the site to remember loved ones killed by drivers.

Deborah Hsiung (left) and Beverly Shelton (right) are founders of campaigns against traffic deaths
Deborah Hsiung (left) and Beverly Shelton (right) are founders of campaigns against traffic deaths

“Grandma Beverly” Shelton told the story of how her five-year-old grandson Zachary Michael Cruz was killed in a Berkeley crosswalk by a left-turning driver. Shelton urges all drivers to treat driving “as a job” – to drive like a profession driver, slow down, be courteous, and give others the right of way. Read more of Zachary’s story.

Deborah Hsiung lost her seven-year-old son Aidan walking together in a Pasadena crosswalk in 2014. She urges drivers to slow down and be aware that they’re “driving a loaded weapon.” Read more of Aidan’s story.

Louise Olin’s husband Milt was killed by a distracted sheriff. Milt Olin was bicycling in Calabasas when he was rear-ended by a patrol car going nearly 50 miles per hour. Olin’s widow has formed a foundation to urge safe driving behavior.

These families have come together as a new organization: Southern California Families for Safe Streets. According to the organization’s press statement, more than 500 people have died on L.A. streets since the mayor announced his Vision Zero directive in August 2015. The organization urges elected officials to go beyond what they call the “light touch” safety measures implemented so far and to do all they can to stop preventable traffic deaths.

In Our Shoes included photos of traffic violence victims
In Our Shoes included photos of traffic violence victims
In Our Shoes remembers the more than 500 people have been killed by drivers since L.A. adopted its Vision Zero policy in 2015
In Our Shoes remembers the more than 500 people have been killed by drivers since L.A. adopted its Vision Zero policy in 2015

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims continues Saturday in Sunland-Tujunga and Sunday in Pasadena.

  • D Man

    Traffic “violence?” Violence involves an intent to harm or kill. These are victim’s of traffic accidents.

  • sahra

    @disqus_aBdDIi4peY:disqus, did you really look at the face of the seven-year-old boy that was run down and ask yourself, “How can I crap all over his family?” I get that trolling is your thing – you’ve proven that again and again as you’ve relentlessly trolled our boards. But this one stuns me. I can’t figure out what joy there is to be taken from pissing on a post that does little more than recount the devastating loss of a small child and other beloved people and the uniting of their surviving family members to protect others from experiencing that same horrific loss.

    You’re not living your best life, friend.

  • D Man

    Sahra, what I did is watch Streetsblog use the deaths of several people to further its own agenda. This is not a post merely recounting the loss of family members. It is a post promoting Southern California Families for Safe Streets which is a project of Los Angeles Walks, which is part of the Vision Zero alliance. What I said is a factually accurate statement. You are, of course, free to show that my statement is wrong, but instead you have engaged in an ad hominem attack.

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