On June 14, a four-year-old was killed in a car accident. Your family is now demanding greater awareness of road safety.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Three siblings – 4, 8, and 9 years old – had $ 5 for an afternoon snack. They went to a local grocery store, two on scooters and one on foot. Just as they were leaving, a car turned from 15th St. onto Mr. St.. Neither the children nor the driver saw each other.
The accident fatally injured 9-year-old Chayne McQuay and 4-year-old Noraa Wilson.
“She loved doing everything. Everything, ”said Noraa’s grandfather Tyrone Burnell. “When I passed, she hugged my legs: ‘Pop Pop Pop Pop!'”
Noraa’s family wondered how this could happen to them.
“You get into these depressed moods, just go about your normal day and then you think about it and you’re a mess,” said Burnell.
The incident has led the family to urge drivers and pedestrians alike to be more aware of road safety.
Before crossing the street, the children had looked in both directions, but were not on a zebra crossing, according to officials.
“We always taught our kids to look both ways because we’ve always lived in town and people don’t drive that well,” said Burnell.
There is a stop sign on 15th Street and the driver wasn’t too fast, the police said.
Family members said they weren’t mad at the driver, but would like to see some changes along the intersection, such as a “Slow down, kids are playing” sign or flashing lights.
According to PennDOT security press spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler, PennDOT is planning a traffic study on Mr. St ..
“Herr Str. Itself is a busy street. It’s a breakthrough for a lot of people, ”said Schrefler. “The driver has to look for people all the time, especially in an urban area.”
Officials said the accident was a tragic reminder to stay vigilant, especially at this time of year.
“It’s summer and is a reminder to our drivers that there are lots of kids out there,” said Blake Lynch, community relations director for the Harrisburg Police Department.
Burnell said he was touched by the community support the family has received.
The Harrisburg Police Department created a GoFundMe page to help pay for unexpected funeral expenses and grief counseling for the family. By Wednesday night, the site had raised more than $ 7,300.
“We’ve never done this before, but we really felt this was an attempt to help,” said Lynch.
The family plans to celebrate Noraa’s life late next week.
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