Five teenagers bunched on a median in Erin Woods early Saturday morning, tending a new memorial to a friend struck and killed metres away.
Bewildered and unsure about how to deal with this grief, they acted out the scene they had seen so many times before, only now it was their 16 year old friend Nic that had been killed in another of Calgary’s car pedestrian mishaps.
The 30 year old woman driving the vehicle may have been blinded by the sunlight, her life tragically affected as well.
The scenario plays out far too often in this rush-rush city, where getting the next light is paramount, despite the small time saving.
And it’s not just drivers at fault. Pedestrians boldly venture onto streets, ear buds firmly attached and face in phone, oblivious to the one ton machines breezing past centimetres away.
Things happen quickly on city streets. Let’s think about the ramifications of beating that light as opposed to the extra minute of waiting and avoid the too often seen roadside memorials.