Five-year-old hit by car


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Updated: 2/04/2008 8:55 am Published: 11/11/2007 11:36 pm


(NORTH TULSA, Okla.) November 11 - A five-year-old boy is recovering after being hit by a car in a North Tulsa neighborhood.

Police say the boy should be okay but some people who live in the area say he's very lucky.

Neighbors say it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or even killed.

Barbra Taylor says “it's peaceful, quiet, great neighbors... wonderful neighborhood.”

But Taylor says there's one big problem where she lives.
 
“Speeding cars,” says Barbara.

Speeding cars Barbara says are creating constant worry.

“The kids can not ride their bicycles in the streets because the cars come up and down the street too fast. Dangerous for children and for everyone,” says Barbara. 

That's why Barbara says she wasn't surprised to hear a five-year-old boy was hit by car just down the street from her house.

The five-year-old boy's aunt saw it all.

“I saw car coming down the street... and I saw the impact of my nephew getting hit on the right side of his head,” says Cynthia Webb.

Police say the driver was not speeding and the boy ran out into the street.

Police say the driver did not receive a ticket for the accident.

The boy's aunt says it's a reminder for kids and for drivers too.

“Look both ways. I feel like they should put up some signs... slow down with caution... beware of kids playing or something,” says Webb.

Barbara says she's glad that things turned out the way they did. 
 
“I thank god that he's okay,” Barbara says.

But Barbara doesn't want there to be another opportunity for anything else to happen to another child.

“It could have... someone could've gotten killed,” Barbara says.

“They have speed bumps going towards Booker T. Washington High School. It's for high school students... but what about the children in the neighborhood,” says Barbara.

A city traffic manager says before the city puts any speed bumps in a residential neighborhood a traffic study has to be done.

The manager also says at least 900 vehicles have to travel that street within 24 hours.

The average cost of a speed bump about a $1000 and it takes about a month to complete the process. 

Contact the city so you can start the process of getting a speed bump, report problems or learn how to get signs reminding people the speed limit is 25 miles per hour in residential neighborhoods.

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