Two days into the New Year in 2018, Dirk Cordtz stepped out into Nevada Avenue a couple blocks from the homeless shelter where he apparently had spent the past few nights.Moments later, he lay pinned and dying beneath a Ford SUV — the first traffic fatality in what would become the deadliest year ever on Colorado Springs’ streets.Forty-eight people died on roadways across the city in 2018 — most of them drivers and passengers, and some of them bicyclists. But it was the unusually high number of pedestrians — several of whom were homeless — that was so alarming, police investigators say. Eight of the 13 pedestrians fatally struck by vehicles on Colorado Springs’ streets last year were homeless — more than twice as many as the previous two years combined. Colorado Springs News Pedestrian killed on North Academy Boulevard is second Colorado Springs traffic fatality this year Jakob Rodgers There’s been no letup in the first month of 2019. On Jan. 10, another homeless man, Jeramy Hutchison, 42, was killed crossing North Academy Boulevard near Austin Bluffs Parkway, in what was the city’s second traffic fatality this year.The only common factor in the deaths is that in every case… Read full this story
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