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Gettysburg Ave. Crosswalk Completed After Fatal Accident
DAYTON -- In March 2014, Christopher Frock was hit twice and killed crossing Gettysburg Avenue. He was jaywalking, but his death outraged many because of the lack of crosswalks and sidewalks in the area. Now, the city of Dayton is putting finishing touches on a new crosswalk, to help those who cross the street in the area avoid a deadly fate.
"We've asked for crosswalks, and that's what they've given us -- and sorry for being emotional but it's fabulous for us," said Frock's cousin Molly Gillum. The new traffic signal is helping her heal. Before the new crosswalk at Broadcast Plaza was built, the closest crosswalk was .7 miles away at the Germantown Pike intersection.
"A lot of us weren't aware of, you know, the conditions down here but it has turned into something so great for everyone around here," said Gillum.
"That is our goal: to prevent any more accidents to happen at this location," said Dayton Public Works Director Fred Stovall. His department went to work building the crosswalk soon after the deadly accident. They used parts they already had to construct it.
The "Hawk" design signal works as a pedestrian pushes a button located on a pole on either side of the street. Once pushed, the lights above will flash yellow, then turn red, and give the pedestrian 17 seconds to get to the other side.
"What you see the crews doing today is the final touches. Putting up the signals and running the wire," said Stovall, "I think it's going to be very appreciated for the people that walk down this path."
Donald Black is one of those people. Even though the signal was built in a speedy fashion, he says it should have been done before Frock was killed.
"A lot of these guys do work and we have a lot of appointments to get our lives back on track, it's hard to get around," said Black, referring to his fellow shelter residents. "This place has been here long enough it should have been addressed before."
Less than three months since Frock's death and all that's left to do is paint the crosswalk lines.
Gillum is thankful the hundreds of others who walk in Gettysburg Avenue, and catch the bus on Gettysburg, now have a safer way to cross Gettysburg.
"The death of a family member and someone like my cousin," she said, "He was a light ... a great light in our family. And now there's this light!"
Stovall added the crosswalk will be fully operational on Thursday. He also plans to put in sidewalks along Gettysburg where currently there are only dirt paths worn by those who walk there.
Frock's family is also working on a law to be named after Christopher, that would require crosswalks to be placed anywhere a bus stop is near a public facility.
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