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A woman was struck and killed by a motorist on Zorn Avenue on Sunday April 17.

The fatal collision took place around 1:00a.m. on Sunday morning at the intersection of Zorn Avenue and Cleveland Boulevard in the Clifton Heights / Brownsboro Zorn neighborhoods just north of St. Leonard Catholic School. The motorist was driving a white SUV.

The incident was reported by WDRB, WLKY, WHAS11, the C-J’s rewrite of the WHAS report, and a fatal collision roundup by WAVE3. WDRB, WAVE3, WHAS11, and the C-J all labeled the collision an accident. WLKY’s report was the best of all the local news stations—barely.

All of the local news outlets regurgitated the Louisville Metro Police Department’s victim-blaming claim that the woman was not in a crosswalk, but none of them bothered to check the conditions on the ground.

Had they done so, it would be clear that there are no crosswalks anywhere near this crash site. The closest crosswalk is 1,780 feet to the south at Riedling Drive, and there are no crosswalks to the north, even at Zorn’s terminus with River Road.

01-woman-killed-by-motorist-louisville-zorn-avenueThere are few sidewalks in the area despite Zorn Avenue connecting a relatively dense part of Clifton Heights / Brownsboro Zorn neighborhoods with immense recreational opportunities along River Road. The sidewalk also changes sides of the street at one point, with no crosswalk in sight. And good luck navigating the interchange with Interstate 71.

03-woman-killed-by-motorist-louisville-zorn-avenueAt the intersection where the crash happened, a TARC stop is present with a bench and a neon yellow marker that reads pedestrians ahead. The speed limit along Zorn Avenue is posted at 35 miles per hour, but the street design and lack of controlled intersections make the stretch into a speedway connecting the interstate with Brownsboro Road.

04-woman-killed-by-motorist-louisville-zorn-avenueThe LMPD attributed this death and three other traffic fatalities that occurred over the weekend to warm weather. “Obviously with the turn in weather, with the great weather, motorists are going to have to pay attention to motorists, walking or on bicycle,” LMPD’s Dwight Mitchell told WHAS11.

Louisville is in the midst of a three-year, federally funded pedestrian safety campaign called Look Alive Louisville due to the city’s above average fatality rate among pedestrians.

[All images courtesy Google.]

 

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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6 COMMENTS

  1. there’s a defined grassy
    Median the length of Zorn that is surprisingly well used especially during warmer months and when events are happening. I believe it’s a water
    Line as well but wouldnt some landscaping and defined eco friendly paths be a great thing?! Solutions other than dying on a treeless expanse of speeding cars …… It could also be a dandy bike
    Median !

  2. Zorn wasn’t designed to be a street in today’s sense when it was laid 120 years ago. It was designed to be the right off way for the 4 24″dia. water mains the pull water from the river up to the CHFP.

  3. Don’t forget. Former Jefferson Co. commissioner Russ Maple was killed on Zorn in 2005. Overgrown vegetation blocked sightlines.

  4. We just found out yesterday that this was my little cousin. Kentucky didn’t do a good job trying to identify her.

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