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Pedestrian, bicycle safety advocates to hold Springfield vigil

exterior of the Springfield Central Library
Paul Tuthill
WalkBike Springfield is holding a vigil in front of the Central Library on State Street

Event is in front of Central Library where two pedestrians have died

Another deadly accident has renewed calls for improved pedestrian safety on State Street in front of Springfield’s Central Library.

Last week, 56-year-old Gayle Ball, a supervisor of technical services and collections at the library, died after she was struck by a car while crossing the four-lane street. The police investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed.

In 2014, a child was killed at almost the same spot when she was struck by a drunken driver.

Last month, the city announced a traffic study of the area was underway that will produce safety recommendations.

This Sunday, WalkBike Springfield, a group of pedestrian safety advocates, will hold a vigil in front of the Central Library starting at 2 p.m.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Betsy Johnson of WalkBike Springfield. She is also president of the Armory-Quadrangle Civic Association, the neighborhood council that represents Springfield’s downtown neighborhood.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.