FDOT: Crosswalk coming to area girl hit and killed | News
TAMPA, Florida -- There will soon be a crosswalk installed in the neighborhood where 8-year-old Jayla Shubbar was hit and killed earlier this month.
According to officials with the Florida Department of Transportation, the crosswalk will be installed at Busch Boulevard and 12th Street North within the next three months or so. They say they were waiting for CSX railroad officials to agree to the usage of part of their property for the crosswalk.
FDOT says they were planning on installing the crosswalk before Jayla's death, however, that tragedy sped things up.
Jayla's mother, Darcien Shubbar, doesn't believe a crosswalk is enough.
"That's like putting her name on a death trap. There's a light that needs to be there, not just a crosswalk," said Shubbar.
Jayla was walking with her 12-year-old sister on Feb. 3 to a convenience store when an SUV struck her, while she was trying to cross Busch Blvd at 14th Street North.
There is no signal and no crosswalk at that intersection.
Jayla's mother said she never thought about the fact that there wasn't a crosswalk or traffic light, until the accident.
"I'm not upset that there wasn't. Cause I think it had to be Jayla to make people pay attention," said Shubbar.
According to Shubbar, her daughters made that walk many times with her and on their own. That day though, she says they took the route many others do at 14th Street, crossing around fences and railroad tracks.
Pedestrians who cross over Busch at 12th we spoke with said they are relieved something was done.
"I'm happy too because hopefully it'll save some more lives and make it easier for people to cross the street too," said Lynnette McCauley.
Shubbar, however, said she'll keep pushing for a light at the intersection.
"My daughter was killed. And now I care. God made me care," said Shubbar.
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