TPD increase patrols following 16- year-old's death while crossing the street
Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)--It's been a little over a week since 16-year-old Romear Cavitt was killed while crossing the street in Toledo. Thursday evening community members gathered at Rogers High School, where Cavitt attended to discuss how to prevent this tragic accident from happening again.
"It's unfortunate when things like this happen it heightens the response. In fact I was shocked to find one side of the street didn't have any lights over there," said Councilman Larry Sykes.
Neighbors at Hill Avenue at Torrington Drive. Some people who live near the area like, Albert Earl say it's an accident that should have been avoided. He said neighbors have been complaining about the area.
"Right before that accident when I had almost struck two kids that's when it really hit home that we need to get more light then unfortunately that accident happened."
During the meeting he showed neighbors a video he'd taken on his phone showing how dark it is. The city of Toledo set up A traffic study the day following the incident, to focus on signals and crosswalks.
Those results will come in the next few weeks, but some residents questioned what could be done immediately.
"Winterfield, I take my grandsons there every morning before I go to work I never see any police there they drive up and down like it's a race track."
Police said they plan on increasing patrols effective Friday morning. The city is also asking for a traffic study for the entire Hill avenue corridor. In the mean time they're asking drivers to slow down and pay close attention.
"Maybe with a little increased patrol from them also it will remind everybody to pay attention that these are school hours and dark condition," said Captain Ron Frederick with the Toledo police department.