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Mayor Harrell Statement on Pedestrian Death in South Lake Union

Mayor Harrell made the following statement on the death of Jaahnavi Kandula:

“This was a horrible and tragic incident. My heart goes out to the family of the young woman killed, and to all community members who share the pain of yet another shocking and agonizing traffic death.

“Our public safety strategies must include ensuring our streets and sidewalks are safe for all users. Whether a person is walking, running, rolling, or biking, no one should be at risk of death from a crash or collision. We will continue to look to the data to determine where safety investments can and should be made, including regularly reassessing ongoing and future projects like the one at Thomas Street.

“The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is examining this event, and the information detailed in that investigation will determine next steps and help identify any changes we can make – both in our infrastructure and operationally – to ensure this kind of terrible event does not happen again.”