(RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.) This Sunday (10/30/22) at 2:00 p.m., families and friends of traffic crash victims, Rutherford County elected officials, Families for Safe Streets advocates, and community members will gather at Rock Springs Middle School for the presentation of a plaque in honor of Nate Isbell and all traffic crash victims in Middle Tennessee. The event will call for more action to prevent these fatalities, accountability for those involved, and more compassion for victims and their families.
Nate Isbell was a student at Rock Springs Middle when he was hit and killed by a speeding driver on Halloween 2020. His father Chuck is a member of Families for Safe Streets, and his family has been campaigning to lower the speed limit on all local, residential streets in Rutherford County to 25 mph.
This is a significant month for many families who have lost their loved ones due to traffic crashes. Darlett and Ernie Sowers’ son Josh was hit while walking on October 10, 2020 and later died on October 12. Martha and Ivan Warmuth’s daughter Allison’s birthday is October 30. She was hit and killed while riding a scooter in 2016. October is one of the most dangerous months for pedestrians and cyclists. 37 people have been killed in traffic crashes with cars in 2022 and Middle Tennessee is set to break the record of 39 fatalities set in 2020.
We must demand that our streets be redesigned for pedestrian safety and that drivers are held accountable when these crashes happen. Families for Safe Streets will place “slow down” signs near the school during the program. Speakers will address pedestrian safety issues in Middle Tennessee and recognize victims.
WHO: Families for Safe Streets, Local residents, elected officials, Rock Springs Middle School
WHAT: Plaque Presentation in Honor of Nate Isbell and all Traffic Crash Victims
WHEN: Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:Rock Springs Middle School - 3301 Rock Springs Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167
MORE INFO: 25 mph for Rutherford County Facebook Group
About Families for Safe Streets
Families for Safe Streets (FSS) is a group for people who have lost loved ones while walking or biking and for those that have been injured in a crash as a pedestrian or bicycle rider. The group is designed to provide a community of support for victims and loved ones. Families for Safe Streets Nashville is a chapter of a national organization and is run locally by the nonprofit Walk Bike Nashville.
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