Springfield pays tribute to local residents on ‘World Day of Remembrance’

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield held a solemn ceremony Sunday afternoon honoring the memory of the 38 people killed in Springfield traffic accidents over the past two years.

The event, an international observance day known as “World Day of Remembrance,” paid tribute to the 21 individuals who died on roadways during 2021, as well as the 18 who were killed during 2020 in Springfield.

“Unfortunately, the 8th pedestrian death of this year, a woman who was on the library staff was crossing across State Street and was killed,” said Betsy Johnson, a member of WalkBike Springfield.

The day of remembrance, spearheaded by the safety organization, WalkBike Springfield turned into a rallying cry to do something about the ongoing danger to crossing State Street from the parking lot to the city’s library entrance…

“We absolutely need structural changes in the lower State Street corridor to protect pedestrians and to slow traffic,” Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman told 22News. “I have been calling for that change since 2019, and we’re here calling on the administration and the DPW to protect the individuals who are crossing here regularly.”

Despite the presence of a police cruiser and the 25 mile an hour sign on the library side of lower State Street, rally participants expressed shock at the passing cars Sunday afternoon.

The “World Day of Remembrance” is an international observance dedicated to remembering the many millions of road traffic victims throughout the world.

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