Jan.18 walk to honor memory of James St. Clair, killed in High Point car accident
69 year old James St. Clair was struck by a car and killed Dec. 30 as he crossed at the intersection of SW Graham Street and 35th Avenue Southwest.
He had lived at High Point less than one month. Susanne Scaringi, 27 years old was struck at the same intersection while riding her bicycle in September of 2006.
A memorial walk for St. Clair is set for Saturday, January 18 at 1 p.m. in front of the High Point Branch Library, 3411 SW Raymond Street.
In a press release the organizers said:
"We will walk one block south to the crash site to pay our respects to the family and friends of James St. Clair, and then we will walk another two blocks to Neighborhood House at 6400 Sylvan Way SW for juice and snacks and a brief discussion with City of Seattle officials about the tragedy and how to make safer streets for everyone in the High Point area. These tragedies don’t need to keep happening.
We will be joined by representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and local community leaders from the High Point Neighborhood Association, Women In Action, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and West Seattle Bike Connections
Since 2006, there have been five fatalities as well as numerous serious injuries and near misses as children, adults and the elderly cross fast-moving 35th Avenue SW near High Point. Susanne Scaringi, 27, was hit and killed at 35th and SW Graham in September 2006. Gregory Hampel, 39, was hit and killed near 35th and SW Dawson in August 2008. Oswald Clement, 85, was hit and killed at 35th and SW Othello in October 2007. A motorcycle rider died at 35th and SW Juneau in April 2011. James St. Clair, 69, was hit and killed at 35th and SW Graham in December 2013.
James St. Clair, a member of the Tlingit people, was born in Hoonah, Alaska. He lived in Seattle for over 30 years. His brother, Oscar Jacob St. Clair said that although James was disabled and walked with a cane, he was strong, independent, funny, and outgoing.
Oscar St. Clair said, “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for recognizing Jim. For seeing all people, even poor people. Our family, my brothers and sisters, are in sorrow. I pray a positive light will happen because of this. A lot of people need to walk in the evening. They want to go to the grocery store like Jim did on his last night. I hope in his memory we see brighter lights, a stoplight, a safer community.”
Additional details about the Memorial Walk:
Nearby Metro buses: 21, 128
We support the goals of Seattle’s Road Safety Action Plan to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries by taking action. With more effective public policy, better engineering, stricter enforcement and more responsive education, thousands of deaths and injuries can be prevented."