Susan Young: Dies Using Heights Boulevard Jogging Trail

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The jogging path along the median on Heights Boulevard is a great asset -- a nice trail, nice neighborhood, nice vibe.

But you're crossing side streets every so often, and people -- you have to pay attention.

A 38-year-old woman died this weekend after being hit by a car at 11th Street.

Houston police say Susan Young, according to witnesses, "appeared to be jogging and listening to music when she ran into the street" on October 5. She was taken to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, but died Saturday, police say.

She was hit by a Chevy Malibu going westbound. The driver of that car, who no doubt is traumatized, "had a green light and the right of way at the intersection," witnesses said, according to HPD. No charges have been filed.

Jog safely, people.

(Note: Friends have set up an FB page in Young's memory here.)

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Hotlykefire05
Hotlykefire05

This is fucked up. Jog safely? Look both ways? A lady fucking died. She's someones God damn daughter, mother, cousin and sister.

Taylor Arbour
Taylor Arbour

Look this is her daughter. For one, I don't appreciate the people making rude or inconsiderate comments on here. Nor do I give a fuck what you think. Did you know her? I'm pretty sure you didn't. So therefore, when someone you know dies, go make a page like this and go write this kind of stuff on there. Until then, I don't really care to see your comments.

Thanks.

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Den7329
Den7329

I scraped a pole backing up the heights early morning is fast forgot to look happen to anyone

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Lesson learned watch where you are running and walking very sad life cut short.

Nathan
Nathan

As I wasn’t there, I don’t know if this comment applies to Susan’s situation, but having lived on Heights Blvd. (at 9th) until six months ago, I can attest that the majority of runners on the path are oblivious to what’s going on around them.

It was constantly infuriating to need to take a left turn across the path and have runners just continue crossing the street as if you weren’t there or about to turn. I don’t know who legally has the right-of-way (I’m guessing probably the runners, unless at a light), but common sense would tell you that it’s easier for a jogger to slow down and avoid getting hit than it is for a car to slow down and avoid hitting someone. All it takes is for a runner to look around every time they approach an intersection instead of just carelessly brandishing a sense of entitlement because they have the “right-of-way”.

I used that trail every day for a long time and I made sure to look around as I approached each intersection. If a car was coming, I would look to see if it had its blinker on. If it did, I would slow down and let them turn. Even if it didn't, I would still slow down just in case. Many times people next to me just kept running (earbuds or no earbuds), ignoring the car and almost getting hit. Looking before you cross a street is the simplest of solutions for avoiding tragedy.

Kyle
Kyle

Infuriating that you have to wait a few moments to make a turn? It's drivers like this that end up harassing cyclists.

heights resident
heights resident

that's a completely different problem. the biggest issue with cyclists is that they want to be treated as vehicles _ and I suppose are legally defined as vehicles when riding on the streets_ although MANY cyclists don't obey traffic laws themselves. how many times have you seen a bike rider run a stop sign? I'd say a majority of the time they approach one. this goes for solo bikers as well as those huge groups of bikers. a real question. I don't know: is it LEGAL for a huge group of cyclists to ride through a neighborhood and completely ignore stop signs? Does this mean I can get 40 of my friends in our cars early on a weekend morning and just drive around blazing through stop signs and traffic lights?

Jackie
Jackie

Family and friends (i am a friend of Susan's) are reading this story and the comments. Please keep that in your consideration while writing about Susan...

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

First off, I am sorry for your loss, and secondly, I would like to apologize for getting on my soapbox with my earlier comment.

Chach
Chach

I think you have the name wrong.  Should be Susan Young not Susan Clark?

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

I used to live behind Hamilton Middle school and I cannot tell you how many times I had to stop abruptly as someone came running across the street engrossed in their Ipod and not paying attention to the surroundings.  Not to mention the kids that would get out of school and walk across the street with their heads buried in their phones texting, narrowly avoiding getting run over.  Then you have the a-holes that live in the Heights that believe a stop sign actually means slow down for a split second before hauling ass through(you know who you are), if stopping at all.  I lived five minutes from my job, but their was no way in hell I was going to ride my bike to work down Heights Blvd.  Pay attention and quit being so self-involved people.

Mikecope
Mikecope

And stay off our sidewalks. Those can kill you without the aid of a Malibu.

Katy
Katy

The statistics on pedestrians and joggers hit by cars are the reason I stick to places like Rice - where there are minimal places for something to go wrong.

Clearly, Houston should mandate either the cars or the joggers to start wearing big red decals that say "STOP. THINK." on them. 

Winchesteracademy
Winchesteracademy

We can't legislate this away -- unfortunately this is one of those 'personal responsibility' things.  Take out the earbuds, people.  If a car hits a runner, the car will win every time.  The only way for runners to win is not to play the game.

William Philpot
William Philpot

Why take out the earbuds? I go walking several times a week and successfully avoid being ran over by just looking before I go running across an intersection. Darwin takes another one.

Cassie Holt
Cassie Holt

Thank you Wyatt! I was friends with Susan for 4 years and a very recent roommate.  Thank you for the compassion and I would like to let everyone know that Susan Young was the most caring, loving, fun person I have ever had the privileged of knowing.  She left behind a 19 year old daughter and a 10 years old son.

Responsible Citizen
Responsible Citizen

Susan was just another case of a clueless runner. I do not use an iPod when running or cycling, it is a distraction. I like to be aware of my surroundings at all times. My sympathy goes to the driver who will relive that day for the rest of their life.

Surfsideblue
Surfsideblue

It is such a shame to see your comment on this article. If you are going to make a comment read the article and use you. It doesn't say she "blindly" ran into the street. You weren't there and you don't know how it happened. You can reinforce your opinion on the dangers of jogging and being cautious about your surroundings. But the way you wrote this was just disrespectful and tasteless. 

-Susan's Friend

Wyatt
Wyatt

You've never once had a momentary lapse in judgement where you failed to do something that's normally common-sense automatic? What the fuck ever.

Jackie
Jackie

Totally unnecessary comment... Please know her family and friends are hurting. Myself included... she was a dear friend.

If you are an opinionated person that is fine, but when it is at the expense of someone who has died I wish you would find that more important than you opinion on the matter.

Sarah Gabbart
Sarah Gabbart

This lady was someone's daughter/sister/friend/wife - it's a terrible tragedy to lose a person to something like this. She's not a murderer or drunk driver - she made a stupid mistake. We have all done stupid things (walked through crosswalks and not noticed a car; sped in a school zone by accident, ran a red light by mistake) - I feel lucky that non cost me my life. Can't we extend a little sympathy to both her and the person who hit her?

William Philpot
William Philpot

Sorry, I've never made the mistake of blindly running into an intersection. I feel for the woman's family, but she did something very very VERY stupid that cost her her life. I feel much more empathy for the poor person that was driving down the road and now has to live with the guilt of killing someone because they couldn't understand "Stop and look both ways."

Wyatt
Wyatt

"Darwin takes another one."

This isn't /b/ on 4chan. You're talking about a woman who died, whose family might very well read what you wrote. It certainly is stupid to cross the street without looking first, but I'm sure you've made mistakes like that before. I know I have.

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