Memorial of crosses signify immensity of traffic accidents in Austin

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by Melissa Mahadeo / KVUE News with photojournalist Matt Olsen

kvue.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 7:02 PM

AUSTIN-- Bikes painted white, dozens of flowers, and 67 white crosses were placed near the roadside in South Austin on the 1900 block of South 1st street near the Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse.

The crosses symbolize the 66 traffic fatalities Austin has seen this year. Cyclistlaw.com, MADD, Yellow Bike Project, Bike Austin, Please Be Kind to Cyclists and other cyclist organizations said they joined together to visually show Austin how many deaths that means.

Among the most recent cyclist related accident is that of 27-year-old Brian Lindquist who police said was hit by a drunk driver on Guadalupe and 17th Street a few weeks ago. His accident was the motivation behind today's event. Lenore Shefman, the cyclist representing him, said Brian is one of many victims in Austin. Shefman said every year about 25 percent of traffic related fatalities involve alcohol.

"Brian's life changed in a split second. It could change any of our lives. This could have happened to you. It could have happened to me and this is that sort of coming together in a community where we say we are not going to allow this to happen anymore," Lenore Shefman said.

Brian suffered serious injuries in addition to a severe traumatic brain injury. He is still in the hospital.

If you would like to donate to Brian you can do so through the "Support For Brian" Paypal account. Donations can be made to BrianCyclist@gmail.com

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