Investigators said 17-year-old Dawen Li, of Gaithersburg, had been riding on a bicycle westbound on Travilah Road when he did not stop at a stop sign at the intersection and was struck by a car.
I'm not sure if Dawen Li was an immigrant or not, but I believe Mr. Carlos was.
The minority population in Fairfax continues to be disproportionately affected by the pedestrian deaths, according to the statistics.
Which brings me to this article which is about Long Island but is probably equally accurate here.
In a region where almost everyone drives, Hispanic residents, many of them poor and without cars, are victims of pedestrian and bike fatalities in disproportionate numbers.
About 10 percent of Long Islanders are Hispanic. Hispanics made up 43 percent of Nassau County's 35 pedestrian deaths in 2002, and 35 percent of the fatalities last year, according to statistics from the New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Medical Examiner. In neighboring Suffolk County, Hispanics accounted for 21 percent of the 28 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2002 and 30 percent of the 44 deaths in 2003, according to the State Health Department and Suffolk's medical examiner. There was no breakdown on Hispanics involved in fatal bike accidents.
Those statistics get at an evolving suburban truth: As more and more Hispanics move into the suburbs, they risk injury or death because they walk and ride bicycles in a place where the roads are often dark, the sidewalks scarce and traffic menacing.
Some die as they bicycle down four-lane highways. Others are recent immigrants unaccustomed to the pace and rules of New York traffic, and they are struck crossing against a traffic signal.
According to 2000 census data, Hispanics on Long Island are twice as likely as whites to walk to work, and six times more likely to ride a bike or take the bus, a trip that usually involves a few blocks' walk to and from the bus stop. "This is part of their desperate situation," said the Rev. Allan Ramirez, who works with Hispanic immigrants on Long Island. "They have no choice but to walk to many of these places. If they're lucky, they get a bicycle. They're on the road, they're on the street."
Which is not a way of saying we need fewer immigrants, but more targeted education. Street Smart ads on Spanish language radio for example.