Perilous Crossings for Pedestrians

Perilous Crossings for Pedestrians

This is the moment Mary McArdle dreads. She steps up to the curb on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, headed for St. James Cathedral, just across the street, where she’ll meet with her friends at the Prime Timers senior group for their monthly luncheon.

At 77, she knows she can’t get through the crosswalk quickly, or easily dodge an errant driver. The “walk” sign lights up and she hesitates a moment, then steps into the street. She’s halfway across when a white Ford Ranger pickup truck, heading in the opposite direction, turns left, a few feet in front of her.

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