Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union held a rally today with student Bailey Oake, Memorial University’s Faculty of Education, and community, to advocate for safer crosswalks in St. John’s.
A news release notes that Oake, a student in Memorial University’s Faculty of Education, on Dec. 8, 2011, Oake was hit by a car when crossing Westerland Road. She was thrown four metres from the crosswalk, resulting in three broken vertebrae and the loss of what would have been her final semester in school.
Oake has undergone invasive surgery to stabilize the trauma to her back, risking paralysis.
“At the age of 23 the life I knew was ripped from me” said Bailey Oake. “Day by day I work to rebuild a new self and to accept what has happened to me. It is only now that I am finding the strength and courage to share my story.”
Oake is one of many people who have been victims of vehicle-pedestrian accidents on and around campus.
Memorial University Students’ union is concerned for the safety of its members and is raising awareness to the seriousness of accidents that occur here.
The release states that after almost one year since this accident occurred, the City of St. John’s has made little headway in ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff and members of the community who use this crosswalk daily.
The Memorial community is calling on the city to install an overhead crosswalk signal, to install speed bumps and to lower speed limits.