Seekonk neighbors react to pedestrian death
SEEKONK, Mass. (WLNE) -- Neighbors around Oakhill and Central avenues in Seekonk say news of a car killing a pedestrian here was on their minds Sunday as they traveled with their families.
"It’s kind of disturbing," said Michael Lewis, who lives just down the block. "My youngest son’s 11, 12 years old. There’s no right of way for them to walk.”
“He's autistic, and he’s non-verbal. and he has very minimal safety awareness," said neighbor Margot Casey of her son, "which is another reason i don’t ever walk with him on this road unless I have someone with me."
Residents say this is a dangerous area for cars and pedestrians.
they point to the fact that turning cars have to pull into the pedestrian crosswalk just to see oncoming traffic.
Some suggest adding a traffic light or lowering the speed limit.
“Should be allowed to walk the street without worrying about getting hit by a car," said neighbor Bill Wedekind.
But others aren’t sure that’s enough to solve the problem.
"Is a five-mile-an-hour difference really going to make a difference?" Lewis asked. "I think it’s just drivers being more aware of what’s around them, as well as the pedestrians being aware of what’s around them. Anything can happen, but you want to be as safe as possible when you can.”
Parents say they also try to keep their children on the inside, especially when crossing this street.
“Everybody’s talking about just pedestrians having their own responsibilities, and drivers having their own responsibilities," Casey said. "And I think everybody wants to point the finger in one direction, but overall, I think it is a combination of everything, and everybody has to do their part.”
Police say the driver who struck the men with the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing.