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Bringing voice to victims and demanding safer streets at World Day of Remembrance

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Standing in solidarity at this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

I’m not sure how Hannah Ege did it.

Less than a year after her husband Sheria Musyoka was hit and killed by a speeding driver, Hannah spoke at World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 21.

One of the reasons Hannah spoke is because it’s what Sheria would have wanted.

Sheria had told her once that if he were to die, “I just want my death to be impactful and I want it to be a movement. I want my name to be CHANGE.”

So Hannah spoke. To tell the story of her soulmate’s life – and to demand much more is done to prevent crashes like the one that robbed her son Theo of his father.

Many others stood with Hannah to remember those taken too soon and those who were severely injured. I’m grateful to Joe Martinez for speaking about the loss of his son Paul, to Elizabeth Colomello for talking about the crash that could easily have killed her, and to Julie Mitchell for sharing a reading that helped her in the throes of grief after losing her son Dylan.

The San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets community continues to bring voice to their pain and channel grief into action. They are incredible. I’m thankful to support their advocacy in my role at Walk San Francisco.

I’m also thankful to the many city leaders who stood with us at World Day of Remembrance. This includes State Senator Scott Wiener, City Attorney David Chiu, District Supervisor Catherine Stefani, District Supervisor Dean Preston, District Supervisor Matt Haney, District Supervisor Myrna Melgar, and Jeff Tumlin, Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read more in SFBay about commitments these leaders made at the event.

We will hold them to these promises. Like Sheria wanted, together we are building a movement to realize life-saving changes on our streets.

Are you someone who’s been directly impacted by a traffic crash? Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime to Learn more about San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets.

Photos by William McLeod, copyright Walk San Francisco 2021