Community urges drivers to slow down after bicyclist hit near school

A young boy on a bicycle was struck by a car on Fort Weaver Road fronting Ilima Intermediate School Wednesday morning.

The boy is recovering, but the incident has brought new attention to a busy crosswalk.

Students rallied Wednesday to ask drivers to slow down on Fort Weaver Road fronting Ilima Intermediate School. This was a last-minute gathering organized by former neighborhood board member Kurt Fevella.

“I don’t want a traffic signal to be somebody’s death. You know, like the one that we had at Iroquois Point, Fort Weaver Road by Child and Family Services. That it takes somebody in our community to die before we put up a light. And I don’t want the monument of their passing to be a light,” Fevella said.

Fevella says a traffic light is needed there, in part, because of the expansion of the Ewa community.

“I think that we deserve one here in this community. Our community is growing. We have a lot of kids that are going Campbell, almost 3,000 students. I think we deserve the light,” Fevella said.

For the most part, motorists did slow down and encouraged the youngsters involved in the rally. And the kids knew why they were taking part.

“It’s kind of dangerous ’cause if somebody’s crossing the street and you don’t slow down, you could probably kill them,” Pohakea Elementary School fifth grader Joshua Nakama said.

“If they don’t slow down or they don’t pay attention, they might have a car crash and go to the hospital or probably, you know, die,” Pohakea Elementary School fourth grader Bradley Caro said.

“Getting some place fast is not worth somebody’s life. You can never bring back a life, but getting there late, you can always try to make up the time,” Fevella said.

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