Residents demand crosswalk where 12-year-old was hit, killed

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A tragic accident in the southwest valley hit a community hard on Monday. 

Three students were crossing the street after school and two of them were hit by a car. The crash happened just after 3:30 p.m., near Faiss Middle School.

One resident, John, expressed his concerns in and around the area when it comes to drivers.

“I see it all the time. 55-60 MPH going through here, all the time,” John said.

Metro Police say the three juveniles were walking outside of a crosswalk. One stopped at the median, but the other two were hit by a car.

“I’ve never seen anything like just what I’ve heard here before,” resident Karl Cranny said. 

One of the victims who was hit, died of their injuries. The other suffered minor injuries. 

“We have a park, we have a school, we have Wet N’ Wild so I think it’s important for drivers to know their surroundings and be defensive drivers,” Metro Traffic Bureau Captain Nick Farese said. 

John says he has been urging the county to put lights or a crosswalk near the park. 8 News NOW has reached out to the county for a response. 

“They don’t seem to put any priorities on the kids,” John said. “This should be the last time in this county that any child gets hurt around a school.”

8 News NOW asked Farese if he believes a crosswalk should be placed near the park too.

“For me, being the bureau commander of traffic, that’s one thing that when I come out on these, I take these personally,” Farese said through tears. “I’ll come back and look at the data, but yeah we probably should.”

In a letter sent to parents Monday afternoon, school officials say members of their crisis response team will be on campus Tuesday to help any students who witnessed the accident or need support. 

“I don’t care what hours they are, they should be able to go to a crosswalk and cross, press the button and be safe, instead of having to cross wherever they did,” John said. 

Police say the driver, a male in his 20s, is cooperating with police. He passed a field sobriety test.

It is too early to determine if speed is a factor, according to investigators. 

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