Khloe Pitts, 3, was on her way to PNC's 2016 Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo when a passing car hit her. The injuries would claim her life, and incidents like this one have spurred local communities to demanding action that would make their streets safer.
Three-year-old Khloe Pitts (inset) was killed after a hit-and-run driver struck her and her mother outside the Cincinnati Zoo on Nov. 26, 2016. This memorial bench now sits along Vine Street.
CINCINNATI -- A tribute to a young life lost is now sparking more calls for pedestrian safety in the Queen City.
Khloe Pitts, 3, was crossing Vine Street leaving the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo when a passing car struck her and her mother on Nov. 26, 2016. The injuries later claimed her life.
Family and friends gathered Sunday to dedicate a bench in little Khloe's honor near the zoo's entrance.
"She was everything," said Joy White, Khloe's mother. "Khloe was amazing. She was just a ball of energy."
Now Donteiz Dickey will spend more than a decade in jail for that hit-and-run crash.
At 11 on @WCPO - a tribute to a 3yo killed by a hit & run driver unveiled outside @CincinnatiZoo comes as neighborhoods fight for @CityofCincy $$ for pedestrian safety pic.twitter.com/2U7Mic1LSj— Evan Millward (@EvanMillward) November 27, 2017
At 11 on @WCPO - a tribute to a 3yo killed by a hit & run driver unveiled outside @CincinnatiZoo comes as neighborhoods fight for @CityofCincy $$ for pedestrian safety pic.twitter.com/2U7Mic1LSj
City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld helped secure half a million dollars for pedestrian safety improvements across Cincinnati.
"Nothing will bring back this wonderful little girl, but we do need to make sure no one else needs to feel fearful walking down the sidewalk or crossing the street," Sittenfeld said.
However, the hits keep coming, like one earlier this month on Warsaw Avenue that killed East Price Hill businessman Federico Ventura.
Incidents like this one have spurred local communities to demand action that would make their streets safer.
Mount Washington residents sent a letter to city council after the city decided one intersection wasn't busy enough for a crosswalk.
"Please invest proactively in our neighborhood," they wrote.
The Pleasant Ridge Community Council had stronger words, writing on Nov. 13, "We don't want an adversarial relationship with our city, but, in this case, you are leaving us no choice."