A 12-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday after he was struck by a car while playing over the weekend in southwest Atlanta.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Centra Villa Drive and West Cedar Lane, according to Atlanta police.
“A juvenile darted out into traffic and was struck by a motorist,” police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.
The driver, Ms. Mary Askew, remained on the scene along with numerous other witnesses, police said.
Her husband, Mr. Alford Askew, told Channel 2 Action News that his wife didn’t see the boy until it was too late.
“She swerved to try to miss the kid,” Mr. Askew said.
Police said the woman is not likely to face charges, but neighbors said it wouldn’t have happened if there were sidewalks and street lights in the area.
Mr. Dexter Chambers, a spokesman for the Atlanta City Council, released a statement Sunday addressing those concerns, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We are sensitive to fact that more sidewalks are needed throughout the city of Atlanta. A sidewalk commission has been established to look at all areas where pedestrian safety should be top priority. With our last bond referendum we focused on installing sidewalks along our school zones. Now our focus is on installing sidewalks throughout all neighborhoods in our city. The Department of Public Works has been informed of the residents’ desire for sidewalks along Venetian Drive and we will make it a top priority.”
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