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East Price Hill Community Council calls for action after pedestrian deaths

Posted: 4:49 PM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-04 22:18:58Z

CINCINNATI -- After a man was hit by a car and killed while trying to cross Glenway Avenue Thursday night, the East Price Hill Community Council is calling for action.

The Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering has already allocated more than $50,000 to improve pedestrian safety in East Price Hill, starting at the intersection of Woodlawn and Warsaw avenues, where many children cross to and from a park. 

"Right now, it's a marked crosswalk, but people don't pay attention," Sheila Rosenthal with the East Price Hill Community Council said. "So we're going to be getting a lighted crosswalk."

The city plans to add a similar crosswalk further down Warsaw near McPherson Avenue, which is where business owner Frederico Ventura was killed in a hit-and-run crash last year.

"It's unfortunate that it takes pedestrian deaths in order to affect change," Rosenthal said. "The community needs the helpm of the city and DOTE to slow traffic and make it safer for pedestrians."

According to AAA, it's also up to drivers to exercise more caution, especially with more people out in the warmer weather.

"Be more vigilant and be alert," AAA spokesperson Jennifer Moore said. "Make sure you scan left to right while you're driving to make sure that now one is walking in your path."

Nearly 65 percent of the victims in fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists, according to AAA.