DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The death of a small child at a busy Dallas intersection is prompting the city into action. Wednesday afternoon, workers put up extra warning signs to alert drivers they have to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The Fair Oaks-Pineland crossing is a very busy intersection for both foot and vehicle traffic and the site of a tragedy on March 30th.
Early that evening, 7-year-old Ning Sian Et was crossing with her mother—- and with the light— when a van that also had the green turned into the crosswalk and hit them both. The Hotchkiss Elementary first grader died at the scene.
Ten days later, Dallas City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach-Gates asked for additional signs here to warn drivers of their responsibility to look out for pedestrians….. and today those signs are going up.
Sayed Mujataba walks to work in this area and believes the signs will help since every approach to intersection is uphill.
“The reason they can’t see is the way the roads are coming up, you can’t see the vehicle coming up so when you want to cross sometimes accidents happen,” he said. He added the location is near two busy schools and an important park.
“That’s a very good idea, especially for the small kids because we have a park over there and people are normally going over there. Families are coming and it’s going to be a very good idea to put up that sign. That’s awesome.”
Staubach-Gates tells CBS 11 this intersection is so heavily used the stripes in the crosswalks have to be repainted annually or they disappear; she’s thrilled about the signs and hopes they’ll enhance safety at the intersection.