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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An Oak Cliff community is calling for changes following a fatal hit-and-run.
Charles Everett Thompson, 57, was killed Monday night in the 1100 block of West Ledbetter.
Police say he had just stepped away from a DART bus stop and was attempting to cross the busy six-lane street.
“It didn’t have to happen,” insisted an irate Yolanda Hall. “Why the city won’t come in and do something about this?”
Hall works at a medical facility housed in a shopping center across the street from the bus stop.
Several social services agencies are also located there.
She says many of the clients seeking those services are poor and must rely on public transportation. But, she’s furious that without crosswalks, sidewalks, or even a light, those clients must dodge six lanes of traffic on Ledbetter to reach the shopping center.
“One lady grabbed her daughter by her hair! Seriously… to pull her out the street,” says Hall, recounting the near misses. “One lady was in a wheelchair… the guy was going so fast he like to hit her. He swerved. They need a red light right there.!”
C.A. Phillips has lived on a nearby corner for decades. He says he’s lost count of the crashes he’s witnessed.
“So many that I don’t even go outside the house to check them out anymore,” says Philips, who adds that drivers speeding through the area make it unsafe for everyone. “We tried once to get a light here. They put one back there [ gesturing toward Highway 67 ] and slowed it down a bit.”
But, not nearly enough: the Dallas city council member for the area, Carolyn King Arnold, did not return our call seeking comment on the issue. Nor has Dallas Police responded to a request for the number of accidents recorded in the vicinity. Regardless, neighbors now say it’s time for the city to make changes.
“I think it’s past time,” adds Phillips. “Yes, it’s past time.”
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