Neighbors want sidewalks after boy hit by car - CBS46 News

Neighbors want sidewalks after boy hit by car

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People who live near Centra Villa and Venetian drives in Southwest Atlanta said you're risking your life if you try and walk or ride around the area.

"We have to jump back or jump behind a tree. I have been hit by a car so you know I am always careful. There are no trespassing signs in people's yards so we can't walk on the grass - so yes, it is really dangerous," said Shavien Dennis.

Saturday those fears came true. A 12-year-old boy was hit by a car. Police said the boy was playing in the street and the driver didn't see him. The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with severe head injuries. Neighbors said with no sidewalks, children and adults are forced to ride or walk in the street.

"This is not a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood at all. There are no sidewalks. There is a school less than a mile from here and it is very difficult to maneuver with absolutely no sidewalks," said Brett Cave, who lives in the area.

"I think we should have more sidewalks, period. That's why I was hesitant to move over here because I noticed that when I walked from the bus stop to this house, there were no sidewalks and I am not used to that. I hope the little boy is OK," said Dennis.

A spokesman for the Atlanta City Council said a sidewalk commission is looking into where sidewalks are most needed. But many people who live in the area said they need action.

"If they just came to the community and tried to walk down the street, that should be study enough," said Cave.

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