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Updated: 4:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | Posted: 9:47 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012
By Alan Cavanna
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The teen girl hit by an SUV on her way back to school Tuesday night died Wednesday morning, officials said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Brittany Palmer, 17, was with a group of friends trying to cross Eastway Drive and get to Garinger High School. SLIDESHOW: Photos of Brittany PalmerThe driver in the SUV hit the teen as he made a right turn from East Sugar Creek Road. SLIDESHOW: Scene of teen hit by car in front of school Police called it a problem intersection. They said students cross the street often to go to a restaurant to grab food after school before afternoon activities."There is a problem," Major Eddie Levins said. "Mainly because it's so enticing for the kids to go across the street. But it's not designed for pedestrians at all."Neighbors who live in the area said the area needs a crosswalk, lower speed limits or an officer directing traffic.The driver of the SUV stopped and cooperated with police. Police have not charged the driver.CMPD said the crash is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, students in east Charlotte are calling for change after Palmer's death.
Many students said attempting to cross the busy intersection is their only option for getting home. As a result, dozens of students made the dangerous walk less than a day after Palmer's accident.
"They need to make a walkway for us or something," freshman Ahshante Moore said. "That way it'd be easier for all of us to cross, because it's very hard crossing right there."
Charlotte's Department of Transportation is looking at the intersection for safety changes, but a spokeswoman says they have never had a request for a crosswalk at that intersection.
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