Another bicycle rider is dead in the very same Silver Spring crosswalk where a teenage cyclist died six and a half months ago.
Neighbors are demanding the state fix the crosswalk, before anyone else dies.
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Alyx Walker still wears a photo of Frank Towers around her neck.
“He was like a brother to me,” she said of the 19-year-old who lived in her home. “Thinking about how somebody else's family has to feel what I'm feeling, and what my family is feeling, it's just heartbreaking to me.”
Towers, a gymnastics teacher, was killed crossing Veirs Mill Road on a popular bike trail at Turkey Run Parkway, on the bike he'd gotten for Christmas three days earlier.
“And I didn't want this to happen to anybody else,” said Walker.
But it did. Sunday afternoon, another bicyclist killed in or near the crosswalk. Montgomery College student Oscar Osorio, who left his car out front of his Silver Spring home so he could ride his bike to a weekend festival was hit by a man in a Honda Accord.
“He was huge into cycling,” said his roommate, Katrina Angel. “He really loved it.”
Maryland Department of Transportation spokesman David Buck said after this second death, traffic engineers will look again at the strange set up on the crosswalk.
You can push a button, and you'll never get a walk signal, or a red light for the cars, but after a few minutes the cars will get a yellow flashing light, which doesn't mean anyone will stop.
“There needs to be a walk signal with a red light controlling the traffic,” said neighbor Mark Lyons. “Because cars will not stop of a flashing yellow light.”
Someone has stationed a white ghost bike with Frank's name on it near the crosswalk.
“How many more people have to die before they make a change?” asked Walker.
Maybe someone with chain another bike on the corner in memory of Oscar Osario.
A judge dismissed the charges against the driver in the first cyclist's death. The judge said because Towers was riding the bike, instead of walking it, in the crosswalk, he was not protected by the same law that protects pedestrians and people in wheelchairs.
It's a quirk in the legal code that both the Montgomery County State's Attorney and Towers' friends are now looking to change.