Last Friday, 24-year-old Kiran Pabla became the city of San Jose’s fourth pedestrian fatality of January, 2015 when she was struck down while jogging down Yerba Buena Road. The city of San Jose had a single pedestrian death in January 2014 in what would be a record breaking year for those killed while on foot.
A pair of young men were taken into custody after police determined they were racing down the street when both of them lost control and landed on the sidewalk occupied by Ms. Pabla. The homicide took place in council district 8, represented by Rose Herrera.
After I read this story about Pabla and her demise, I watched this video demonstrating the raw acceleration available in the Tesla P85D “Insane” mode.
It’s admittedly a fun video, and the manly American in me loves torque as much as the next guy.
But the driver accelerates to 65 MPH in what appears to be a leafy residential street? Do the right thing and please take it to the track, guys.
Speed kills, folks, even if you think you’re a skillful driver, because everybody thinks they’re above average drivers. See also this recent story of a speeding driver who pled guilty in the death of cyclist Pam Wells of New Hampshire.
For a partial list of traffic “incidents” potentially involving pedestrians as reported through the California Highway Patrol dispatch system just for the month of January, take a look at this page.