Elena Zamora’s young life was cut short on December 19, 2013 by the careless and criminal behavior of a truck driver in downtown Nashville. Bike Walk Tennessee contacted law enforcement and the local District Attorney’s office encouraging an aggressive investigation and prosecution in the incident. The Attorney’s General Office just contacted BWT to inform us that charges against the driver have been filed. The charges are based on the Failure to Yield statute at Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-197. Bike Walk Tennessee worked hard to change part of the law in 2011 to specifically include pedestrians and bicyclists.
Unfortunately this will not make the streets of Nashville any safer but does indicate that law enforcement will prosecute in the most egregious cases. Advocates need to continue to push for significant changes in the transportation infrastructure to increase safety for vulnerable users and to insist that current law be enforced even when there is no fatality.