After death of retired NC State professor, calls to improve SE Raleigh crosswalk grow

— Three days after a retired professor at North Carolina State University was killed while trying to cross an intersection in southeast Raleigh, people who use the crosswalk are calling on improvements to the street to help avoid future incidents.

Gerald Barrax, 86, an acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist, died after died after he was struck by a vehicle, police said.

Jamal Demetrius Jones, 41, has been charged with failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle after police say his vehicle struck Barrax Saturday evening on Sunnybrook Road.

Suspect in crash that killed Gerald Barrax was on probation for felony drug charges

Barrax was crossing the road in a marked crosswalk when he was struck, authorities said. He suffered critical injuries and died after being rushed for treatment to WakeMed.

Safety advocates hope Barrax will also be the last pedestrian killed at the dangerous intersection.

There’s a sign that warns pedestrians to stop before entering the crosswalk.

Pedestrians and others said Tuesday the sign is there for a good reason.

“Cars don’t slow down for me on my bike,” said a cyclist who was trying to cross the street with cars racing by. “I understand people need to get where they are going, but we all deserve to get where we are going safely.”

Elizabeth Alley, who sits on an advisory panel for bicyclist and pedestrians, said: “I think it’s tragic, but I also think looking at the road that I am grateful that it hasn’t happened before.”

Elizabeth Alley and her friend, Jennifer Wagner, visited the crash site Tuesday to examine the crossing.

They serve on Greenway and bicycle and pedestrian advisory boards for Raleigh, and said even with the signs warning drivers to stop, it’s a dangerous intersection.

Published at Tue, 10 Dec 2019 23:04:34 +0000

Source: https://www.wral.com/after-death-of-retired-nc-state-professor-calls-to-improve-se-raleigh-crosswalk-grow/18824851/