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mc aims to prevent another park tragedy

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 14:43 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

$450,000 in riverboat funds could be used to improve travel safety at parks and schools in Michigan City.

The proposed spending is in response to a 5-year old girl killed when hit by an SUV trying to cross a street beside a park last summer.

Adding crosswalks, restriping of existing crosswalks, signage and sidewalks where needed are included in the work that would begin in April, said Don Przybylinski, president of the city council.

Completion is slated for the end of August, he said.

The spending request will reviewed by the city's finance committee before a final decision possibly at the March 20th council meeting.

''There are improvements that need to be made. Not around every park. Not around every school but there are improvements that need to be made,'' Przybylinski said.

The scope of the project represents the work a committee appointed in response to the girl's death to examine what can be done to improve safety for pedestrians at all of the parks and schools.

''We're trying to be proactive to make as safe as we can these areas where the children are and even adults,'' Przybylinski said.

Delaney Klewer was returning to Water Tower Park with her 8-year old sister to retrieve a pair of flip flops July 18 when hit trying to cross Broadway St.

The driver, Marcus Scully, is scheduled to be sentenced April 30 for leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

He could receive anywhere from one to six-years.

According to police, the Trail Creek man despite seeing the girl in his rear view mirror laying in the street never stopped.

The 35-year old Scully claimed the girl ran out in front of him and he panicked, police said.

He turned himself in two days later at the urging of the girl's parents and after police began circulating a photo of the suspected vehicle captured from a surveillance camera in the neighborhood.

Two months later, an 8-year old girl was airlifted to an outside hospital when hit by a car trying to cross a street near Marsh Elementary School.

The girl was later reported in stable condition.

According to police, the 16-year old driver who hit her and his mother for allowing her unlicensed son to drive were arrested.
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