"He was not at fault whatsoever," Abbott said. "The brother and sister rode out into the street. He was swerving to miss her when he hit him."
Beth Kerns, who has lived on the West Side for more than 30 years, was eating dinner at Five Corners Cafe Tuesday evening when the incident occurred. She said she saw the girl cross and then saw the boy run into the side of the vehicle.
Mark Snodgrass owns Five Corners Cafe. He said he has seen a lot of crashes and incidents in the two years he's been in business.
Snodgrass said he recently saw a vehicle strike a shopping cart being pushed across the road by a woman. The impact ripped off the woman's fingernails, he said.
Kerns and Snodgrass both said crosswalks or better traffic signals or pedestrian signals would improve the intersection.
"Even as a pedestrian you don't know which street has the signal," Kerns said. "You don't know who has the right of way."
Jones said engineers are looking at crosswalks at various locations around the city but would not be specific as to where those other crosswalks were.
Jones said pedestrians should be careful in the area and probably shouldn't try to cross on the Virginia and Central side.
Talkington thought the traffic engineer's office could complete a thorough review of the area quickly.
"We'll look into it and figure out what we need to do for the safety of the public," he said.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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