UPDATE: Petition circulating to stop speeding after child hit by car
By WRCB Staff
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: A Chattanooga woman is on a mission to end speeding in her neighborhood after her four-year-old nephew was hit by a car over the weekend.
Eyewitnesses say the driver hit the boy at the intersection of Through St. and Belmeade.
Wilson and her neighbors hope to never see another speeding car on Through St. and now a petition is going around asking the city to get involved.
"I'm going to get on it and I'm going to try and get as many signatures as I can," Wilson said, "Today, tomorrow, whatever it takes if I have to work the rest of this week, the rest of this new month that's in, I'm going to get it done."
Just days after Wilson's four-year old nephew was hit by a car outside their home, Wilson is going door to door with a petition.
With enough support, the city has promised to consider a traffic study on the road.
Wilson wants to see speed bumps or more warning signs in her neighborhood. She needs signatures from 67% of the residents in her area before the city agrees to a traffic study.
"They speed like this everyday, up and down the street," Wilson said, "That incident Saturday didn't slow nothing down."
Wilson says she's been talking to neighbors about the ongoing speeding problem for months, but after her nephew was hit, she's taking action.
The city says the traffic study can take anywhere from six to 18 months to complete.
The study will look at how many accidents occur on Through St. each year, the volume of traffic each day, and the average speed of all vehicles.
If the study shows there really is a problem, the city will pay for speed bumps.
For more information on the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, click here.
UPDATE: “He got injuries on his right knee, and mostly his left side,” said Natalie Wilson, the child's Aunt.
Natalie Wilson says her four-year-old nephew Demykel Allen is lucky to be alive after being hit by a car while out playing Saturday. She allowed the boy to show us his injuries.
“I call this the Indy 250 you know!” said Wilson.
Witnesses say a driver was speeding and hit the boy at the intersection of Through Street and Belmeade on Saturday.
“The stop sign is basically a ghost sign. They don't stop there,” said Wilson.
Wilson says speeding in her neighborhood has been an ongoing problem. She has lived here since 2001. “Cars speeding, coming through my yard, a car has hit my daughter car. A car has hit the fire hydrant,” said Wilson.
Wilson recently went to city officials to request speed bumps be installed. The city sent her this letter telling her she needs to collect signatures from at least 67% of the people living on her street. After what happened to her nephew, she says she's going to get to work. “I talked to my neighbors, and they said they will sign without a problem,” said Wilson.
In the meantime she wants to put a fence around her house so her nephew can safely play outside. She says the cost of a fence has slowed that project down. “I don't want to stop him from coming outside, and making him be a house kid. He’s a kid. He needs to come outside and play,” said Wilson.
Channel 3 reached out to the city to find out if Saturday’s incident could expedite the speed bump process. Our calls and emails have not yet been returned. Police have not yet determined if the driver who hit Demykel will face charges. In the meantime Demykel's aunt says she's going to get to work collecting those signatures.
UPDATE: Family members of the boy tell Channel 3 he received X-rays at a local hospital and is expected to be okay.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to Chattanooga Police a child was struck by a vehicle.
The 4 year old was struck at 3400 Through St. around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, the child was conscious when officers arrived police said.
Officers said the extent of the child's injuries are not known at this time.
This investigation is ongoing and stay with Channel 3 Eyewitness News as this story develops.