Touirst Killed Crossing Commonwealth Ave

Jazz 28 August 2007 15

IBNNews have this story on a Austrian woman being hit and killed by a car crossing Commonwealth Ave on the weekend. Its prompted the obvious knee jerk reaction that the city is not safe for pedestrians. I guess the pedestrian lights that are only put up for Floriade fool people into thinking they can cross there??

[Ed. S4anta also sent the following in]

The bastion of all things fine in this nation, The Macquarie News Group (vis their website is reporting here that a 68-year-old woman was on a pedestrian crossing on Commonwealth Avenue near Parliament House when she was struck about 6.30 last night.

Thats the 11th fatality this year kiddies.

Shame, shame.

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15 Responses to Touirst Killed Crossing Commonwealth Ave
BenMac BenMac 1:50 pm 28 Aug 07

“Struck on a pedestrian crossing”?
The only crossing I can think of near Parliament House is when you cross Coronation Dr between the Hyatt and the Canadian Embassy, and on the other side.

If she was on a cossing, it sound like a driver not paying enough attention.

jase! jase! 1:55 pm 28 Aug 07

good to see Deb was thinking outside the box in the IBN article. she kinda forgot that you can go under Commonwealth ave if you head towards the lake from the floriade temporary lights

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:22 pm 28 Aug 07

I blame school closures.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:54 pm 28 Aug 07

I blame AWAs.

caf caf 4:34 pm 28 Aug 07

I was going to blame the lack of light rail, but then I realised that almost made sense.

el el 7:30 pm 28 Aug 07

More proof that Deb Foskey is entirely useless. Yawn.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 9:07 pm 28 Aug 07

What’s an Austrain tourist? Did they perhaps mean Austrian? Very sloppy proof reading letting this go to (electronic) print with this error. Don’t their computers have a spell check/dictionary program?

Was the Austrain tourist not aware that she was crossing a road and that occasionally cars drive on this road?

Danman Danman 7:24 am 29 Aug 07

Drove past this just after it happened – was right at the place where the temporary traffic lighst are set up for floriade. Maybe they should put signage on the posts when they are not actually traffic lights.

Something to say that this is not actually a ped x-ing – cross at your own risk.

Alternatively the papes are all bleeting that there is nowhere to cross over in that area of commonwealth avenue – I say why not go under the road.

In saying so there is a fairly clear run up to the accident site – visibility at 100+ meters so

Thumper Thumper 8:01 am 29 Aug 07

It’s a raod, look to the left, look to the right, cross with care.

And another perfect example of why Foskey should never be allowed to hold public office ever again.

BTW, who voted for her?

Thumper Thumper 8:03 am 29 Aug 07

BTW Jazz, what’s a ‘touirst’?

DarkLadyWolfMother DarkLadyWolfMother 8:06 am 29 Aug 07

BTW Jazz, what’s a ‘touirst’?
An Austrain with tourettes?

S4anta S4anta 9:15 am 29 Aug 07

touirst = Qbn slang for two bratwursts>

Thumper Thumper 9:59 am 29 Aug 07


cranky cranky 5:55 pm 29 Aug 07

Austrian tourist – maybe expecting the traffic from the opposite direction?

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:40 am 30 Aug 07

I guess it’s possible that someone makes a mistake and these things happen occasionally. When crossing a road, it’s always in the best interests of the pedestrian to watch carefully. But that would mean a member of the public taking responsibility for themself, and this is Canberra, so we can’t have that!

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