World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The Attorneys at The Law Firm for Truck Safety are passionate about reducing roadway deaths.  Along with the rest of the world, we honor and memorialize victims of crashes this day, November 15th ,as part of a global initiative known as “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.”

Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 60/5, the United Nations adopted the third Sunday of November as a day to draw attention to the tragic consequences of road crashes.  This day is to memorialize and recognize more than 1.35 million deaths on our global roadways.  Over half of these deaths are vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.  This day is to remember that there is no acceptable number of traffic deaths and to bring awareness that ALL traffic crashes are preventable.

Attorneys Andy Young and Amy Papuga of The Law Firm for Truck Safety join volunteers from Bike Cleveland, Families for Safer Streets, University Circle, Inc. and the City of Cleveland’s Vision Zero Taskforce to memorialize those who have died on the streets in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

Each pair of shoes, seen in these photographs, represent
someone who has died in the Cleveland area in 2020 alone.

Andy, Amy and other volunteers honored these individuals by placing each name on an individual pair of shoes.  Jacob VanSickle and Deletrece Daniels of Bike Cleveland can be seen filming Annie Pease, Director of Transportation, University Circle, Inc. honoring the lives of these local citizens.  Anne Tillie, Policy Analyst for the Cleveland City Council was also interviewed to help bring awareness to the City of Cleveland’s Vision Zero initiative.

To learn more about World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, please visit the United Nations website.  As referenced at this website, the goal is to “Remember. Support. Act.”  The objectives of World Day of Remembrance 2020 are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families to:

  • memorialize all people killed and seriously injured on our roadways;
  • thank and acknowledge our first responders;
  • draw attention to the annual epidemic that takes the lives of so many;
  • advocate for safer systems and processes for preventing roadway crashes; and,
  • provide greater support for road traffic victims and their families.

The Attorneys and Team at The Law Firm for Truck Safety take seriously the cherished responsibility of telling the stories of our clients who have died or been seriously injured.  We act as fierce and compassionate advocates to not only seek justice on their behalf, but to work tirelessly to prevent similar tragedies from happening to others.  Please stand with us as we honor all of our clients across the nation who have been needlessly harmed.  Please stand with us as we also honor the 2020 victims from the local Cleveland area.  Join us by lighting a candle and saying a prayer this day on behalf of these individuals and their families.

The names of 2020 traffic fatality victims from the City of Cleveland region who are remembered in this memorial are as follows:

January 2020

Natalia Woody

Mohammed Ali

Mac Harris

February 2020

Denine Pierce

Deron Grant

Roberto Russell

Tyron Stephenson

Franciso Juarez II

Evianna Rutland

Kayla Wade

March 2020

Herlane Brown

Tiaundra Edwards

Nicole Coots

James Stradford

Beth Christiansen

Lachole Oliver

Jimmy Vinson

April 2020

Emmanuel Moss

Michael Cabil

Antonio Ponder

Jennifer Rucki

Detwon Hall

May 2020

Robert Shoemaker

Theresa Scott

Phillip Lewis

Christopher Gray

Daniel Copeland

Efrain Garcia-Munoz

June 2020

David Scruggs

Marcis Joiner

Joseph Ponsford

Jeffrey Flach

Floyd Dawson

Rayshaun Harris

July 2020

Devin Isom

Asarah Jones

Jerry Davis, Jr.
Gabriella Cartee

Dwayne McPherson

David Glass

Keontae Williams

August 2020

Christian Keeney

Darin Day

Shania Johnson

Carmen Stewart

Frankie Pacheco

September 2020

Tinita McGhee

Jared Camacho

Richard McIntyre

Thomas Cusick

Amanda Burns

Jason Williams

Daniel Ripepi

October 2020

Rosa Dearing

Cecilia Mary Ann


Sierra Thomas

November 2020

Queen Sanford-Boggan

Please honor these individuals by saying their names aloud.  Please then meditate about your own responsibility to drive safely when we get behind the wheel of our car.  Your family and other families depend on us all to have a safe drive home.

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