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Driver who hit and killed pedestrian on US-12 hosts vigil in remembrance of victim

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NILES, Mich. --- A vigil was held tonight for a 70 year-old- man who was hit and killed while crossing US-12 in Niles and the person hosting the remembrance ceremony is the same person who was behind the wheel during the crash.

The victim’s name was Earl Edward Doss and his roommates said he walked to the Marathon gas station, directly across the street from their house, almost every day.

Doss was just crossing the road to get back to his house at Birchcrest Estates when the crash happened.

Besides the lights from the gas station, the intersection of Reum Road and US-12 where the gas station is situated is not a well-lit or safe area to be crossing the street which is why his friends say they don’t blame the driver.

“It could’ve happened to anyone, we could’ve been driving the car you know,” Sam Lowe said, Doss’s roommate and friend.

Lowe and his other roommate Larry Harris were at the vigil and said they’re still struggling with the loss of their friend.

“I took it a little hard myself because I consider him a good friend,” Harris said. “Earl was quiet, he had a good sense of humor, we joked a lot and watched football. Earl, like I said, he was a good guy.”

Doss was remembered with prayer, candles and a balloon release at the site where he was hit and killed.

Nicole Kirtboll was behind the wheel of the car that hit Doss and wanted to host the vigil.

“I’m just glad everybody came out to support,” Kirtboll said. “I’m just thankful that we could be the family that Earl didn’t have.”

Lowe and Harris said Doss had just left the house to grab a few things from the store when it happened at around 7 p.m. Sunday. It was getting dark outside and there are very few street lights in the area and no cross walk.

“He was always coming over here to the store to get whatever he needed and he’s old and he couldn’t walk that fast,” Lowe said.

Now, both Doss’s roommates and Kirtboll and her family are comforted after honoring him today, leaving a single balloon in the spot where he was hit.

“I’m grateful,” Kirtboll said. “Grateful for everybody coming out to help us.”

Police are still investigating this incident and said they considered Doss to be j-walking. The driver is not facing any charges for the accident at this point.

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TrevorFrith 305 days ago
We must all care about these types of crashes but we must also ask, what if there was a way drivers could start the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stop 30 – 40 feet shorter even at school yard speeds. Perhaps in an even shorter distance than the best driverless cars. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers (over 40!), dangerously inefficient (poor stopping distance) and even more dangerous (right foot pedal errors), right foot braking method on automatic transmission and electric cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058 and 812 431(spaces required). These reports showed the flaws of the right foot braking method and that woman drivers seemed to have the most difficulty with it (men as well if they would admit it). But for some unknown reason no more research has been done and the boys don’t want to talk about it. One would have expected that instead of just continuing to blame female drivers they might have asked themselves two basic questions:
1. Is it possible to develop a braking method that would be more suitable for female drivers (and male drivers if they would admit it), which would prevent these crashes?
2. Do we actually have any scientific justification for teaching the right foot braking method?
The answer to point one is YES and the answer to point 2 is NO!
Turns out there is no scientific justification for teaching the right foot braking method! Deaths to date, 150,000 (19 every day!) pedestrians (in and out of buildings) and cyclists. This is not about which braking method is safer but why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods. Apparently ME TOO is not the only victim of a male systemic belief! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake? ‘That’s the way it’s always been taught’, is not a scientific justification!

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