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Only 0.7 percent of federal transportation funds are spent on improving pedestrian facilities.

Community remembers vibrant life cut short in hit-and-run tragedy

Last Sunday night, friends and family of Martha Gonzalez gathered at Simone's bar in Pilsen to commemorate this Latina mother who was killed on October 3, 2009. Martha was struck by a car at the intersection of 18th and Halsted Streets while she was trying to cross the street. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the crash./

Martha's death was a wake-up call to make our streets safer so that a tragedy like this never has to happen again. Active Trans has been helping the Martha Gonzalez Memorial Committee make the 18th street/Halsted intersection safer for all who walk these streets by advocating for pedestrian amenities like ladder-style crosswalks and a change to the signal interval to allow more time to cross the street. 

The hit-and-run driver who killed Martha is still at large. If you have any information that could help find the person responsible for this tragedy, please contact Martha's family at 312-203-4986.

Univision covered the event. Watch the video here