A person walking along Terry Road in Pleasure Ridge Park this month was hit and killed by a motorist. James H. Dennison Jr., 59, was walking a quarter mile from his home on the 6700 block of Fenway Road when he was struck at around 7:30p.m.
The motorist, who has not been identified, was driving a silver Toyota SUV south on the 8200 block of Terry Road. WHAS11 reported that Dennison was walking in the southbound lane, the side of the street that led to his house, but also the side with no sidewalks.
The speed limit on this stretch of Terry Road is 45 mph, which means any collision with a vehicle going that speed would likely be fatal.
As these charts illustrate, being hit at such a speed carries a 90 percent fatality rate. That rate drops significantly as speed is reduced. Such high speeds also decrease motorist visibility of their surroundings and increase the time needed to brake.
Given that this is a predominantly residential street with houses lining the road—and Sanders Elementary School a few dozen feet from the crash site—such a street design is a tragedy waiting to happen.
No charges are expected to be filed.