Neighbors call for extra safety measures after death of child, baby

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A 6-year-old and an unborn child have died, and their mother and 4-year-old sister are in critical condition after being struck by a car in west Columbus Thursday.

Police say that mother and her two daughters were trying to cross the street on Roberts Road.

Residents in the neighborhood say it is not uncommon to see people try to cut across the street, that’s why they say a crosswalk should be added. Residents in this west Columbus neighborhood near Hilliard say the 45-mile-per-hour speed limit on Roberts Road is too fast.

“Maybe for this end of it because it was bound to happen,” says Torpe Wilkinson. “There are a lot of children around and if you want to get across the street you’re going to risk it somehow.”

Residents say they would like to see a crosswalk add like the ones near city parks.

“It’s not a street you let kids on alone,” said Mindy Ross.

“There’s a lot of kids across the street in those apartments and at different times they will dash across quick,” said Wilkinson.

Torpe Wilkinson says two years ago she and some other neighbors requested the city add a flashing light when more people started moving into the area.

“We went to City Council when they zoned behind us for the apartments to inquire about a light because we were concerned about the increased traffic,” said Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says that request was turned down.

The city says in order for a light and a crosswalk to be added they will have to wait for CPD to wrap up their investigation.

Then a fatal review board will take a look at any findings.

But the final call is up to the city’s public service department.

Columbus police say 27 car accidents occurred at the intersection of Roberts Road and Hilliard Rome Road last year.

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