Residents want Pilsen intersection made safer

March 25, 2010 4:25:02 PM PDT
There is a call for action following the death of a 5-year-old boy who was struck and killed at a busy intersection.

People who live near 18th and Ashland are calling on city officials to take steps to make that Pilsen intersection less dangerous.

Five-year-old Kevin Vazquez died last Friday when he was hit by a semi truck. The child's father was also struck by the semi and is now in a coma.

"There's no stop sign. There's no stoplight. There's no crossing guard. We have about four schools around in the area. There's no crosswalks, so that's a problem, and we don't want another tragedy to happen," said Raul Montes, Jr., concerned resident.

"We need something to happen here for our kids. That's what we are praying for," said Delma Estrada, concerned resident.

Alderman Danny Solis has asked the Department of Transportation to study the intersection to determine how to make it safer.