OccupyDC — As I See It. Green Lights and Pedestrians

"Georgia" (center) at the Press Conference

There was a press conference today to give “Georgia” a chance to speak out for the first time since she made contact with the car that night of craziness around The Washington Convention Center. The press conference was held close to the spot where she and the car made contact.

The District police – so far – have not given the driver of the car any charges. The press release from the cops says that he (the driver) had the green light. I beg to differ with that.

But first, let me try to help you to get the layout of the land. The

Aerial View of Washington Convention Center

Washington Convention Center is a huge building. It lies roughly north to south and is bisected about two thirds from the northern end by US Highway 50. Connecting the two parts of the building and providing a safe aerial passage for pedestrians is a “skywalk” going over Highway 50. Take a look at the aerial photo to get a better idea of the layout.

“Georgia” made contact with the car underneath the skywalk and directly in front of the southern entrance to the northern portion of the building – a spot you can’t see in the aerial view because, well, the skywalk is blocking it.

Remember the cops said that the driver had the green light? Well, there are NO green lights on this section of street. There is a stoplight at one end of the block where Highway 50 intersects with 9th Street and there is another stoplight where Highway 50 intersects with 7th Street. These two stop lights are about 150 yards apart (if not more) and there is NO stoplight between them. Additionally, each stop light is approximately 75 yards (if not more) from the spot where “Georgia” made contact with the car.

Street level view of Highway 50 bisecting the Convention Center. Notice, NO stoplights until the other end, approximately 150 yards away

I know all this because I was standing about 10 feet from the car and “Georgia”. The area in which I was standing (and where the car and “Georgia” were) is a cross walk between the northern and southern portions of the building.

There is (and was) a plainly written sign that said Pedestrians had the right-of-way.

So who’s wrong? I’ll let you decide. I have my thoughts on it, but for the meantime I’ll keep them to myself. However, if you care enough to know what I’m thinking, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll fill you in.

The vehicle is at the approximate point where the three of us were when "Georgia" made contact with the car. I was to the left of the car, she was to the right

Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.

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