Pedestrian Death on Highway 63

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Tuesday, November 07 2006 Nov 7, 2006 Tuesday, November 07, 2006 5:55:56 PM CST November 07, 2006 in News

Instead of taking the long way, mobile home residents have been cutting straight across 63, including Hollie.

"I'd rather walk a shorter distance than a longer distance," he said.

The victim, Gerald Wimmer, 41, didn't even reach the well-worn dirt foot path in the highway median.

"We can tell people all day not to do it, to take the long way around, because they just don't realize they could get hit and killed very easily," explained Capt. Zim Schwartz of the Columbia Police Department.

It could happen again, because up to 100 people cross the highway every day. Hollie said officials should consider building "something going over the highway [that] people could walk across."

The Missouri Department of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator said Tuesday she "can't imagine it would be MoDOT's responsibility," so any walkway would have to be a joint effort with local government. Until then, Hollie said he'll continue crossing Highway 63 up to five times a day.

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