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Posted: 6:09 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Neighbors in the Elizabeth neighborhood will ask Charlotte leaders Tuesday to increase the safety around 7th Street.
The area has been the scene of several serious and sometimes even fatal crashes over the last few years.
Commuters who drive or residents who walk down the area will pass a memorial set up on the sidewalk across from Jackalope Jacks.
It is a reminder of why some say more improvements need to be made in the area. On Tuesday, neighbors will meet with city planners to discuss some possible options.
In just over a year, two people have been hit and killed crossing 7th Street in almost the same spot.
The most recent death happened this past October when William Major, better known in the area as "Chilly Willy," was hit and killed.
In October 2011, Autumn Soyka also died when she was hit while crossing the street.
In the last two years, five people have been hit by cars.
Charlotte Department of Transportation has made some improvements to a nearby crosswalk, adding pedestrian signals, but said an additional crosswalk is not needed in the area.
Eyewitness News will be following up with the city and members of the neighborhood Tuesday to let the public know what decisions are made.
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