I was reading The Star-Ledger today (yes, real newsprint) and came across the tragic story of the life and death of Joao Silva written by columnist Barry Carter. It was so touching that I felt must be shared with you all. Stories like this, that put a real human face on the statistics we hear about everyday, are important to remind us what's at stake.
Silva was the chef at St. Philip's Academy who had a knack for sneaking healthy vegetables into the school lunches without the kids ever noticing. He was hit and killed while crossing Central Ave in a crosswalk directly in front of the school, as he walked to work back in early November.
Barry Carter's story about Joao Silva and his memorial service can be found here.
The original story about the fatal crash can be found here.