Push for safer streets following 7-year-old boy's death


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Elijah Rivers
Elijah Rivers
Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/05/2012 5:55 pm Published: 11/05/2012 4:13 pm


The recent death of a 7-year-old boy has his family and neighbors calling for safer streets.

You may remember, Elijah Rivers was hit and killed by a car last Wednesday on his way to school. He was crossing a busy section of north Harvard and Virgin just before dawn.

Now, his family and neighbors are asking the city to make some big changes.

A tender hug from a neighbor brings a small amount of comfort to the shattered Rivers family.

"The community just poured out their heart to us, and I've never seen a memorial to this extent,” says his father Tshaka Rivers.

Still hoping to come to terms with their son’s death, his parents are working with neighbors to make the area safer for school children.

"Perhaps the school zone should be lengthened a little more, and it maybe needs more lighting,” says his mother, Kesha Rivers.

"If we could have signs that say school zone ahead, lights flashing, flashers and another patrol car,” says neighbor, Myron Washington.

"I would like to see more lighting, just more lighting and that those individuals that drive on this street be more aware of their surroundings,” says Tshaka Rivers.

Just one day after Elijah’s death, the city of Tulsa added two more stop signs in the neighborhood to slow down traffic. City leaders are still waiting on the accident report on Elijah’s case, before making any more changes.

“We have to review the request and go out and see what's involved and what needs to be done,” says Traffic Operations Manager, Kurt Kraft.

The family is still working on Elijah’s funeral. If you would like to donate – a fund has been set up at the Arvest Bank under the name, Elijah Rivers.

His funeral service will be held Saturday, November 10th at the Greater Union Baptist Church at 11:00am.

If you would like changes made in your neighborhood, you can call the Mayor’s Action Line at 918-596-2100.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/5/2012 9:32 PM
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Instead of more lights, how about better lights? The glare there is terrible.
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