It has been seven months since a deadly hit-and-run near King High School. A suspected drunk driver hit two students at the intersection of Staples St. and Mustang Trail. One of those students died.
Concerned parents are still rallying to make that area safer for students walking to and from school. While students attempt to get across the street, they often have to speed up or run to get out of the way of drivers making a left turn off Mustang Trail.
City councilman Ben Molina represents that area of town and said impatience and bad driving habits are largely to blame.
“No matter how much of a rush you’re in, that’s not worth risking someone’s life. If there is someone, whether it’s a child or an elderly person, senior citizen, no matter who it is, you always give that pedestrian the right of way,” Molina said.
A spokesperson with the city’s Traffic Engineering Department said all traffic signals are timed depending on the traffic demand at intersections. Street Operations is evaluating conditions at the intersection in question and will determine if other traffic improvements are warranted.