Vehicular homicide

The sleek streets were endlessly entertaining. Exiting a corner store with a red, white and blue Popsicle, I stepped onto the pavement of a bustling downtown street. Its sheer width meant that by the time the light changed I was only halfway across. In the past my presence in the middle of the road always managed to
convince drivers to stop. (I mean, they have to stop, don’t they?) Not in Chicago.

Car-related death is so prevalent that the word ‘accident’ usually first conjures up thoughts of a car crash. Every year in the U.S. alone some 6,000 pedestrians are devoured by automobiles and another 110,000 escape attack with injuries. U.S. automobiles also kill an astonishing million wild animals per week. PETA needs to get on this ASAP.

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