What an awful story: Not one, but two U of M students hit and killed by a pickup truck as they tried to cross a busy road in the dark.
On the one hand, there was no crosswalk outside a popular cultural center heavily attended by carless students, one situated on a busy, five-lane road.
On the other hand: Two young women dressed in dark clothing. At night. They doubled back in front of an oncoming vehicle.
I doubt the driver will be cited, but what a waste of life. And the miracle is, the way pedestrians conduct themselves around here, that it doesn’t happen every day. Every drive near campus includes people walking blithely in front of oncoming traffic, trusting that the car will somehow be repelled by the force field of their personality, perhaps.
The rules of engagement: Pedestrians usually have the right of way. But they always lose the battle. It’s not worth it.