The mother of a John Eaton Elementary School student hit by a driver in a Cleveland Park crosswalk has asked the city to punish drivers more strictly for hitting pedestrians.
Nancy Szemraj’s daughter Grace, 11, was crossing Connecticut Avenue Northwest at Macomb Street in June when a driver ran a red light and hit her, Szemraj said at a D.C. Council hearing Friday about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Grace suffered injuries including a broken pelvis and extensive burns.
Grace crossed the street while the walk signal was in her favor, Szemraj said.
Szemraj urged the council to consider higher fines that depend on the circumstances of the incident.
“The fines and points on your license for hitting but not killing a pedestrian need to be significant,” she said.
The fine for running a red light is $75 to $150, while the fine for hitting a pedestrian is $250. The city rarely pursues out-of-state drivers to collect the fines or levy points, she said.
Szemraj also asked the council to investigate the city’s practice of not pursuing out-of-state drivers.
The video of Szemraj’s testimony is embedded below. [Hat tip to Greater Greater Washington.]