Prominent downtown business leader Richard Wirick killed in accident

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Such a sad story. I hope we can ALL learn something from this. We need to always be paying attention (pedestrians AND drivers).

    We have had so many fatalities involving UTA Trains and busses this year. More people have died in accidents with UTA this year than have died in accidents with Nuclear Power plants in the United States throughout history. Yet people are so afraid of Nuclear Power plants and post nonstop about how dangerous they are. I just don't get it. You are at much more risk every time you cross the street in SLC than you are working your whole lifetime in a Nuclear Power Plant.

    My condolences to the family. My uncle was killed in a pedestrian accident with a UTA bus when I was a teenager. It's very sad for the family.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Every time you cross the street you take your life into your own hands. - DeltaFoxtrot | 9:07 a.m. Feb. 22, 2012

    This, needs to stop.

    If we cannot rely on people to ADHERE to the lights, signals, markers...

    ..then they need to have their licenses, revoked. They represent a danger, not only to themselves, but obviously, to others.

    A danger, that threatens human lives.

    Make a right on Red? Most foolish legislation to date.

    You are not in the 'right' when you run over a pedestrian.





  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    @JP71: The problem with crosswalks and multi-lane roads is that if there is traffic a vehicle approaching an intersection will not be able to see if someone is in the crosswalk or not. I'm sure all the bus driver saw was a green light, so he kept on going.

    Pedestrians may have the right of way, but as my father always said "We'll put that on your tombstone." Every time you cross the street you take your life into your own hands. All the lights, signals and markers may be in place but that is no guarantee an oncoming vehicle will actually stop.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 3:06 a.m.

    This is a tragic end to a great life of community development and service.

    It really is all about enthusiasm!

    Thanks, Richard, for a life well lived... and good shoes.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    I still remember not so long ago, the Logan City police received a grant to try to help understand why so many pedestrians are getting hit by cars IN CROSSWALKS. I've been keeping an eye out for the results of their study, but may have missed them.

    Utahns really need to take driving a little bit more serious and realize they are driving weapons.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    And you know why you don't see many blind people trying to cross any cross walk at downtown. I have my white cane get run over several times by some drivers. I don't know "Mr Downtown". and it is a Sad time here.

  • JP71 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    Can Salt Lake City finally do something to improve pedestrian safety downtown? How many people need to be hurt or killed before the Mayor will realize there is a problem? Salt Lake City is the worst city I have ever been in for pedestrian safety. In AZ it is illegal for a car to enter the crosswalk while a pedestrian is in it. In downtown Salt Lake City cars drive right up to a person in a crosswalk and then zip past them as soon as the person is out of the way. This is not only dangerous it√Ęs rude.

  • Michael De Groote
    Feb. 21, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    I have been in many meetings and been to many events dealing with the improvement of downtown Salt Lake City. It seemed like everywhere something was being discussed or decided, "Mr. Downtown" would have something to say. He was such an enthusiastic person who always wanted things to get better for people. Many people sit on the sidelines and gripe, he tried to do positive things and wasn't afraid to speak his mind. He shall be missed.