Memorial Walk Draws Attention to Traffic Safety

In memory of 12-year-old Hailey Ratliff, who was killed in September, dozens of Novato residents make a three-mile roundtrip and remind others to stay safe on roads, sidewalks and crosswalks.

Several dozen people turned out for the Hailey Ratliff Memorial Walk on Sunday to remember the 12-year-old Novato girl who was killed by a passing SUV on Sept. 27 while crossing a street on her bike.

The event organizer, Cameron Hicks, said she and others wanted to increase awareness of traffic safety, raise funds for the Ratliff family and pay tribute to the short life of a girl who had just moved to Novato with her family a few weeks before the accident.

Police Chief Jim Berg said a few words (see video) about the city's commitment to traffic safety, and Novato City Councilwoman Pat Eklund commended Hicks and other volunteers who have been steadfast in supporting the Ratliffs even though they moved back to New Mexico a few weeks ago.

Hicks reminded folks that they can make donations to the Hailey Ratliff Memorial Fund at local Wells Fargo Bank branches and purchase T-shirts for $20 to support the fund. E-mail her at camdylankylie@aol.com if you'd like to buy a shirt.

Click here for another story about the walk from the Marin Independent Journal.

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