In the Crosswalk, Age Can Be a Matter of Life and Death
- Root Cause Analysis Blog
It put him in the path of a swerving automobile (a taxicab, you may not be shocked to learn). Thus did Mr. Bliss enter the history books. He is believed to be the first person in the United States, indeed in the Western Hemisphere, to be killed by a motor vehicle.
But he bore another distinction. He was 68, possibly 69. That made him also the first American of what is sometimes coyly, and irritatingly, referred to as a certain age to die in this manner.
We mention it because ever since Mr. Bliss met his non-blissful end, older people have been mowed down by cars and trucks in disproportionate numbers. A new study this week by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit organization that advocates for mass transit, reinforced the point.