Saturday, November 07, 2009

as i've mentioned before, my pops lives in the asylum avenue hood

i travel the road daily as do hundreds if not thousands of others. i've ranted and railed about the traffic islands. they're dangerous and unnecessary and cost the fair citizens of west hartfordmucho bucks. i didn't see the accident. i saw the aftermath, i witnessed the ambulances and police cars and other emergency vehicles attempting to traverse down asylum. it was clogged with traffic as it is EVERY day in the morning rush and evening rush. one lane each way. the ambulances were driving on the wrong side of the road because they couldn't get through on the (correct) right side. those islands. now, i don't know if they had anything to do with the horrific accident and death of robert j. sivage. i don't know what happened at all. only that mr sivage was struck in the road, and later died. my thoughts and most sincere sympathy go out to his friends and family. he was far from home too.

the construction on asylum continues. there are many police officers now. cars with flashing lights at either end of the construction zone. there is also an orange vested worker whose sole job (as it appears to me) is to stand there and hold a sign saying 'slow'.

this SHOULD have happened from the get go. the street is horrid and as i said quite dangerous NOW THAT THE NEW SAFETY TRAFFIC ISLANDS ARE HERE.

so if you're on asylum DRIVE SAFELY AND SLOWLY. i am going to be watching and i will either stop you myself or report you

i saw this sign and the flowers yesterday. i didn't know what it was all about. now i do

oh and a shout out to paul garavel. he did the RIGHT thing

Family, Strangers Pay Tribute To Man Fatally Injured By SUV

BWEST HARTFORD — - As police continue their investigation into the accident that claimed the life of a construction worker on Asylum Avenue, a reminder of the life lost sits on a lawn near the spot where Robert J. Sivage was fatally injured.

There's a small bench, six pots of mums and a photograph of Sivage, the construction worker from Austin, Texas, who died after being struck by an SUV just as he and his co-workers were getting ready to leave the work site.

His family gathered at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center to be with him when life support was withdrawn on Oct. 28, the day after the accident. Sivage's heart, lungs and kidneys were harvested to give life to three other people.

Later, Sivage's family gathered near where he was injured to remember him and to erect a small memorial.

Paul Garavel saw the family and wanted to talk to them. He'd heard the accident — a sickening thump, but no sounds of hard braking or a skid — then looked out his kitchen window. "I saw that poor guy lying there," Garavel recalled.

"They had it across the street, over there on the tree, just some balloons and flowers," Garavel said. "Don't leave it over there," he told them. "Put it on my front lawn. It will be more prominent and I'll take care of it."...........

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping spread our message and to help protect road construction workers out there. In memory of my brother, Robert J. Sivage. We sincerely thank the media outlets so far who have done a story about our Memorial site infront of Paul Garavel's home. Paul is my brother's angel....a kind, caring man. - Sally Cravens, Oceanside, CA

a rose is a rose said...

i am so very sorry for your loss. it is my goal and will be, to make sure this NEVER happens again.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I would like to approach the West Hartford City Council about establishing the month of October as Robert J. Sivage Road Workers's Awareness Month. I will let you know more about it soon. Maybe you can help us spread the word. Again,thank you. - Sally

a rose is a rose said...

of course i'll help spread the word. keep me in the loop. the very best of luck with that too. it would be a wonderful memorial!