Saturday, Aug. 11 will mark the 63rd anniversary of when famed Atlanta author and journalist Margaret Mitchell was struck by a drunk driver while attempting to cross the street at Peachtree and 13th in Midtown.
Mitchell, 48, died five days later and the off-duty taxi driver convicted of involuntary manslaughter only served four months in jail. All these years later, some area residents see trouble coming at the intersection that has minimal traffic signage supporting an unlit crosswalk that is not consistently obeyed by motorists.
A “Blood Bath waiting at the entry to the Midtown Mile” one concerned Midtown resident wrote to Patch:
Having lived here since 2002, I have walked the city streets and seen the danger increase with pedestrian walk ways. The city has improved street crossings, and added lights. (one on 14th in front of the W Hotel in the past few months was a great add for pedestrians)
Despite that, there is a Blood Bath waiting at the entry to the Midtown Mile at the cross walk of 13th and Peachtree.
This marked walk telling pedestrians it is okay to cross (with no lights) is a death trap as speeding vehicles disregard cross walkers. Sunday night I was nearly plowed down at dusk by a driver who had no clue it was a cross walk. Fortunately I had a white shirt on and when I screamed she hit the breaks 2 feet shy of me. This cross walk behind the Campanile Building is a ticking time bomb.
Either put up some lights or talk down the cheesy, 3 foot crosswalk signs which the majority of drivers do not obey. On a given crossing, my friends, colleagues and I shout obscenities at 3 or 4 cars who serpentine near us as we are in the middle of Peachtree crossing.
Do we want the southern entry to the Midtown Mile to have a crossing for business people, residents and tourists to play chicken with cars on Peachtree?? Business, restaurants and people crossing are surely going to increase. The city needs to address this dangerous liason and other crossings.
Is this crossing at Peachtree and 13th dangerous?
Are there other crossings more dangerous in Midtown or on the westside?
How do you rate the book and/or movie, Gone with the Wind?