Vigil honors 88 people killed on Denver’s streets since 2018

City leaders and community members held a vigil Wednesday night for people killed walking, biking, or driving on Denver’s streets.

From 9News.com
By Jennifer Meckles

Photo: TG Stewart

The speakers took turns reading the names out loud.

“Victor Barela… killed while walking.”

“Nicholas Tucker… killed while riding a motorcycle.”

The list was long.

“Ruben Vargas… killed while walking.”

“Phillip Abeyta… killed while walking.”

Wednesday night, city leaders and community members held a vigil for people killed walking, biking, or driving on Denver’s streets.

“Unfortunately, 88 people have died since January 2018, and that is just unacceptable,” said Danny Katz, with the Denver Streets Partnership.

“The only acceptable number of deaths on our streets is zero, and we’re not going to stop until we get there.”

That’s the idea behind Denver’s Vision Zero program, an effort to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

“These are deaths we can prevent by designing our streets safer, by reducing the speeds on a lot of streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars are all interacting,” Katz said. “There’s a lot of things we have in our control and that’s why we are shining a spotlight on people who have been impacted and the things we can do to make our streets safer.”

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