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Family Fights for Street Safety in Columbia County

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 Almost a year after a 12-year- old was hit and killed by an sports utility vehicle along Washington Road in Evans, her family wants answers from the state.

 

Makenna Arildsen was hit and killed  outside her neighborhood on Washington Road back in 2012. Deputies say she was hit after she ran out in front of the vehicle. The Evans Middle School student died later in a hospital. The driver of that SUV was not charged. This incident has some questioning the placement of crosswalks for safety. We sent Courtney Elledge out looking for answers.

"It's almost like it just happen. You know you're never going to forget."

Nearly a year after her death-- Makenna Arildsen's Grandfather is speaking out hoping to keep another accident like Makenna's from happening. He says if more cross walks existed in Evans, his granddaughter might still be alive.

"I think it's desperately needed. A lot of people are walking today, and also sidewalks need to be there for safety as well," says Sidney Kirkendohl.

Washington Road next to Country Place Lane is busy with traffic every minute . 

10 months ago, after the incident happened--Columbia County leaders fought to add a cross walk, but they were denied by the state.

When I contacted the Georgia Department of Transportation to see why they denied the county the right to add a cross -walk, they said it was a budget issue.

Claiming they simply don't have the time or money right now to address the problem... But it's "On their radar."

 Kirkendohl says, "I would say that's entirely wrong, because I know. I am the one sitting here and I've experienced this along with her dad and her mom, and sister. It affects the community, there was an outpour of support for her at the time, and there still is."

 Makenna Arildsen's family says they will continue to contact the Georgia Department of Transportation, until something is changed.   

 

 

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    Makenna Arildsen was hit and killed  outside her neighborhood on Washington Road back in 2012. Deputies say she was hit after she ran out in front of the vehicle. The Evans Middle School student died later in a hospital. The driver of that SUV was not charged. This incident has some questioning the placement of crosswalks for safety. We sent Courtney Elledge out looking for answers.

     
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