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College Park, Route 1 & Pedestrian Safety

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College Park, Route 1 & Pedestrian Safety
Woman, 21, Killed By Drunk Driver Over Twice The Legal Limit
Public Reaction
Kianna Blount
Janelle Oni, 21
Hit and killed as she was trying to cross Rt. 1 near Hartwick Road Saturday around 3 a.m.
Recent graduate of Salisbury University
Was set to start graduate school this fall
Oni would have celebrated her 22nd birthday on July 11
Cory Hubbard, 22
Graduating with a kinesiology degree in May
Hubbard was fatally struck at 2 a.m.on January 17, 2014
Crossing Baltimore Avenue near Knox Road
Hit-and-run
Police said he was not in a crosswalk
What is being done
A fence between Knox Road and Hartwick Road has been added
Speed limit reduced from 30 to 25 mph
Over the summer, SHA also:
More warning signs
Installed automatic pedestrian signals
Sobriety checkpoints on Route 1
USA Today; May 6, 2014

Alex Polak was at the scene of the accident the night Pacanins was hit.
“Something needs to start happening,”
says Polak.
“Every weekend comes around and in the back of my head, I’m praying that this isn’t the weekend where I need to deal with my brother getting hit,”
he says.
Carlos Pacanins, 23
Crossing Baltimore Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on Friday, April 11th when struck by a car
Was walking near a crosswalk
Police believe Pacanins was drinking
Driver remained on the scene
Died of injuries on Sunday, April 13th
T
he Diamondback Online; September 10, 2014
CBS Baltimore: July 6, 2014
"The main focus is educating and enforcing students to follow the traffic laws and signals."
-President Wallace Loh

“If you’re going to go out and have a great time and consume alcoholic beverages, all we’re saying is do so safely. Wait for the right away. Cross at a designated crosswalk and don’t take a risk that’s not worth taking.”
-UMPD Chief David Mitchell
Conclusion
NBC Washington: April 14, 2014
Washington Post: January 17, 2014
Upcoming additions:
Pedestrian signals
More lighting
Turning limitations on intersection near Hartwick Road
Flashing lights and a sign farther down Route 1 warning incoming drivers of pedestrians.

“Changes need to be made on Route 1. Period,”
says Megan Keane
“I don’t want to hear any more stories like these,” says Keane, “and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.”
U-Md. student, fatally hit by car in College Park, had a sunny outlook, friends say
Pedestrian Carlos Pacanins Struck, Killed in College Park
The Diamondback Online; September 10, 2014
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