Reporting Laura Cole
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In less than two years, a second person has been killed at a busy Sacramento intersection, which the county has money to fix but hasn’t done so yet.
A 7-year-old boy and now an adult man have both been killed at the Howe Avenue intersection.
Joe Lee was a father, engaged to be married, and a good son. He was crossing the street on Howe Avenue Wednesday when he was hit by a car. He died at the hospital.
“He touched lives and anybody who know him knows he loved God and he put him first,” said Numoniee Dean-Lee.
Lee is the second person to die on the dangerous stretch of road. Seven-year-old Tay’von Webb was killed by a car in the same spot in October 2011.
His mother couldn’t believe it happened again.
“Oh my God like another mother, you know, another child. I know he was 18, but he still was a person, a human being,” Mieasha Dixon said.
The section of road has no crosswalks or sidewalks. So after Tay’von’s death, there was a push to make changes. The county applied and received more than a million state and federal grant dollars to make changes, but still nothing’s happened. Lee’s fiancée doesn’t understand why.
“This could have been prevented. It could have been prevented a year ago, five years ago when they saw it was a problem,” said Dean-Lee.
CBS13 asked for an interview with the county to find out what’s holding up the project, but refused an on-camera interview. However, we were told that an environmental review must be complete before the project can begin.
But that brings little comfort to two mothers who are now bonded by the horrifying circumstances that claimed the lives of their sons.
“I walked from candlelight to candlelight and I’m like another one. How many more candlelights is it going to take?” Dixson said.
The county says the construction on the intersection is expected to begin in the spring of 2015.