Since the 1950s, San Francisco pedestrians have faced a steady risk of being injured or killed by motorists.
Senior citizens, in particular, face the greatest risk for being fatally injured when hit by cars. A S.F. Health Department’s study of pedestrian deaths revealed that while adults 65 years of age and older account for 15% of the city’s total population, they account for nearly 50% of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents.
As an attorney who has handled numerous cases in Japantown, I have seen too many tragedies of accidents with the elderly. After my last case involving Kenji Suzuki’s unfortunate death, I felt that public education of the elderly in Japantown was necessary to prevent future deaths and injuries.
So, with the generosity of the Suzuki/Sato families, we decided to do SOMETHING about this problem and created a website, JapantownSafety.com. Please share this website with elderly Japanese Americans and their families who live, work and visit Japantown.