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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.