Cleveland Middle School student hit at intersection where girl was killed
December 04, 2018 10:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The memory of 12-year-old Eliza Almuina lives on at Cleveland Middle School just feet away from where she died while crossing the street.
Teddy bears and signs of love still decorate the school fence in her memory.
However, whether it’s kids coming to school or leaving, the crosswalk is busy.
Fast forward 8 months later at the same intersection, another Cleveland Middle Schooler was hit Monday.
In a letter to parents, the school said the student was hit while crossing at the new crosswalk on Louisiana Boulevard and Natalie Avenue.
Police said the boy did not have any major injuries and it happened while he was coming to school on his bike.
Parents, grandparents, students and staff said they are shocked.
"Well the first thing she said when she got in the car was 'it happened again'," said Debra Rivas, Cleveland Middle School parent.
"Of course she was upset again," said Roy Lucas, Cleveland Middle School Grandparent. "Because she was close to the girl that died last year. It brought back more bad memories, more 'here we go again' stuff."
This is after the city installed a new flashing traffic signal to help pedestrians and drivers.
The mayor's office said this second incident is devastating.
“Part of preventing accidents like this is to ensure everyone shares the road and that we’re all being aware of our surroundings. At this specific intersection, we installed a HAWK signal in record time before the start of school in August, and we’re continuing to work on improvements to intersections near schools across the city,” said Alicia Manzano, Communications Director for Mayor Keller.
Some parents said more should be done calling for crossing guards at all schools.
"I just think APS needs to step up a little bit more and get someone out there to watch the kids and the drivers," said Bill Walter, Cleveland Middle School Grandparent.
On Tuesday, two Cleveland Middle School staff members watched from the other side of the fence.
APD calls it an unfortunate accident, finding fault both in the driver and the student. They say the driver did stop while it was flashing red but didn't clear the intersection well enough.
Police said the student was riding his bike in the crosswalk.
APS said they did not have time to answer requests on Tuesday of how the school is keeping their students safe when coming and leaving school grounds.
The city has requested that everyone review how the hawk signal works, you can find that information here.
Updated: December 04, 2018 10:30 PM
Created: December 04, 2018 09:35 PM
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