Several days after a 67-year-old woman was hit and killed while crossing a busy road, Channel 4 reports that her friends and neighbors are calling for more safety measures. An elderly woman died after getting off a city bus and crossing St. Augustine Road, just south of Old Kings Road last week. Investigators said the 71-year-old driver was not speeding and will not be cited for the crash.
Residents in the area said the problem is they have to get across the street, and the crosswalks are just too far away. According to residents, this is a dangerous area and this is the second time a person has gotten hit there.
Residents want a change. They say the buses drop them off across the street, and they’re left to fend for themselves to get across. Residents think an actual traffic light would help. Why? Crosswalks are in the area, but they’re not close, especially for the elderly. There’s one about a quarter-mile north, and another far to the south. People at nearby businesses also want change.
The road is busy, a route for about 15,000 cars a day. News4Jax news partner Metro Jacksonville called for improved safety measures in a 2011 article, when it was worried someone would get hit. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority did improve the bus stops, but no one ever put in a crosswalk or a red light. The responsibility seems to lie with the city.
The managers of San Jose Apartments, where the deceased lived, said this is very concerning, and they will be going to the city and requesting a crosswalk or some other safety measures to protect their residents. “We, residents and management, feel the loss of our friend and neighbor due to the recent traffic accident,” the complex said in a statement. “San Jose Apartments is home to active folks whose primary transportation is the bus. We continue to concentrate on safety measures and intend to approach the city for relief which might include a crosswalk or a traffic light. The residents catch the bus on the side nearer their apartments but on the return trip, the bus is on the opposite side thus causing them to cross in traffic which may present a danger. “The mission of San Jose Apartments is to provide a safe and caring environment for the residents.”