The latest string of road deaths includes the death of a 42-year-old man who was hit in Upper Wentworth on Friday. The death of the young father sparked a backlash and an online petition to Hamilton City Council to fight road safety.

Nine deaths have occurred on the road so far this year. Eight of them involved pedestrians, a very concerning trend in Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Kojo Dampety threw a petition representing mountain dwellers seeking Hamilton City Hall to respond to the wave of fatal collisions with more calming measures, traffic audits and greater public awareness for safer driving.

Glen Harison Clark, 42, of Hamilton, died in hospital on Saturday after being hit by a southbound vehicle on Upper Wentworth on Friday. The driver fled the scene and police told CHCH News they found the vehicle, but it is not yet known if a driver has been charged.

Three days earlier, the famous conductor Boris Brott had been beaten and killed. The previous week, while walking home from school, a 14-year-old girl was seriously injured in a collision on Dundurn and Main. Four people, including 3 pedestrians, were killed in a horrific car accident in King and Main the previous week.

Retired Hamilton Police traffic sergeant Claus Wagner says that while some of the crashes this year have been foul play, behavioral trends like less attentiveness and aggressive speeding are problematic.

Young Drivers Canada training director Scott Marshall says that while drivers still need to do their part when it comes to road safety, the traffic infrastructure needs to be improved.

Damptey says the petition should be open for a week.

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