Family of woman killed in autoped accident calls for changes

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Updated: 12/31/2012 9:09 am Published: 12/28/2012 10:56 pm

In 2012, there have been 22 hit-and-run accidents on Cherry Street, one of the most popular areas in Tulsa.

Cherry Street is the stretch of 15th street from Peoria to Utica.

The most recent victim, 80-year-old JoAnn Carlson, of a hit-and-run died on Saturday. Now, her family is asking for more to be done to protect pedestrians.

"It's been the toughest thing in my life,” said her daughter, Margaret Carlson.

She fought through the tears to tell FOX23 she'll miss traveling most with her mother.

"I was just always looking forward to that next trip."

Carlson was hit and killed by a driver on Cherry Street on December 15th while walking to Hideaway Pizza. It was a place she visited often.

Now, Margaret and her sisters are looking forward to seeing changes here on Cherry Street to make sure what happened to her mother doesn't happen to anyone else.

“It makes me very sad that people aren't thinking about pedestrians," said Thea Carlson.

The City of Tulsa told FOX23 they will be installing 18 to 20 LED street lights on Cherry Street that will light up the street and sidewalk for more visibility. The city and PSO will split the cost of the $8,500 project.

But Carlson’s daughters say more can be done.

"We think the crosswalks need to be painted brightly. Not faded the way they are, a light, a flashing light that says 25 miles per hour," said Thea Carlson.

There are signs posted about the speed limit in the area but the family says at night it can be hard to see. 

"I know we can't change other people's behavior but we can raise awareness," Thea told FOX23.

Police believe the car that hit Carlson was a white or silver sedan with nice tires and rims. If you have any information you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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aleman - 12/31/2012 11:47 AM
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Cops aren't doin' their job because the higher ups in our city gov't won't let them,they don't want to offend someone and lose finacial support during election time

aleman - 12/31/2012 11:43 AM
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When it comes to collecting revenue they do seem to have a few selective areas to set up shop,ya wanna catch fish you go to where the fish are,heap old indian proverb

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 10:54 AM
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Apeman :-) at least you admit that the cops are not doing their job. It's about time that you found the voice of reason.

aleman - 12/31/2012 10:33 AM
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Don't drink or use drugs maysnort...never have...sorry,I see you are familiar with the location,and judging from your rantings being less intelligible as the day goes on you may be in bad need of it your ownself,hop on the ol' bike and pedal over there they do it for drugs too,don't they?They don't bother drunk wealthy people leaving bars only drunks riding bicycles on the sidewalk kinda like Tombstone

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 10:23 AM
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Roadhunter sincerely we need more driver education. The automobile industry comprises a good portion of the GNP :-)) we'd be broke within 6mos if we discontinued the production of cars.

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 10:13 AM
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apeman :-) you're wrong about cherry street being a cop free zone. Cop wrote an acquaintance of mine a ticket for riding on the sidewalk. I didn't feel safe in the street so I walked my bicycle!!! Alanon is south from 15th on cincinnatti!! Alcohol is the #1 killer of native Americans often times disrupting the pancreas and hurtling the victim into diabetes. you can't make a difference if you are not here.

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 9:56 AM
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apeman :-/ you hold in your hand the key to many answers. Look it up or continue to live in ignorance. My guess is that you will continue to live in ignorance. Try a step to the north at 15th and Quaker #8~]] you need serious help with your alcoholism.

aleman - 12/31/2012 8:42 AM
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The bad thing about it is this is one those cop free zones...if there had been 22 hit and runs and people killed anywhere else in town they would been on it like stink on a skunks butt,there woulda been 50 cops lined up catchin' 'em as they left the bars,this is one of those foo foo areas of town that are off limits to cops

roadhunter - 12/31/2012 7:35 AM
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I say we outlaw cars. They kill tens of thousands every year in crashes, and contribute to the premature deaths of millions with the pollution created in building and driving them.

aleman - 12/30/2012 11:28 AM
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Maybe you consider them not to be crimes, rather...what the hell is a segway?One of those liberal words of the month?
CRIME STOPPERS is a citizen-supported program that allows people to report criminal activities anonymously.

The Crime Stoppers Coordinator and the Crime Commission Board of Directors determines the amount of awards and ensures payment to those who provide information, and are responsible for raising money to continue their respective programs
To report a crime call 596-COPS or text a tip by following these directions:
  1. Send text to “Crimes” or “274637
  2. Begin your message with “TIP918
  3. Type your tip and hit send
  4. When the text is received, the sender will receive a PIN number within 10 seconds confirming receipt of the information
  5. The tipster will be instructed to call 911 if an emergency or crime in progress is being reported
Visit the Crime Stoppers web site.
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OK Crime Prevention Network

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