June 4th, 2007


Alice Wallace

Alice WallaceA friend was killed while crossing the street in a crosswalk during daylight yesterday. She was older, and hadn't made it across wide 19th Avenue before the light turned. Someone — apparently a 47-year-old man without a license — zipped out of the line of backed-up traffic and sped into an open lane and into Alice. She died at the scene.
(Examiner news story) (Chronicle news story)

I've known Alice for over 20 years. Sweet, endlessly complimentary, and, oh yeah,... feisty. Someone to miss.

I normally worry about the pedestrians on the cell phones who jaywalk out into traffic without checking both ways (like my mother taught me to look). They're self-absorbed and way too trusting that drivers will A) See them and B) Stop.

Alice didn't have a cell phone. She was in her 80's (despite the Chronicle's "mid 70's"), and simply couldn't get out of the way.

It doesn't seem fair.