City leaders work to improve pedestrian safety near crosswalk where student was killed

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City leaders work to improve pedestrian safety near crosswalk where student was killed

City leaders are taking steps toward improving pedestrian safety along a busy street where a middle schooler was killed last week. 

Twelve-year-old Justine Almuina, known to her friends as “Eliza,” was hit and killed on Louisiana near Cleveland Middle School when a driver didn’t see her in the crosswalk. 

It’s prompted calls from the community for the city to do something about pedestrian safety, especially near schools. 

Wednesday, city councilors Diane Gibson and Brad Winter announced they’re introducing legislation to fund a $300,000 “HAWK” signal at that crosswalk, letting pedestrians stop traffic in both directions while they cross. 

The mayor says the city isn’t stopping with Cleveland. 

“We’re talking to APS in situations where there might be a middle school or elementary school that also has two arterial roads crossing it. That is a situation that deserves special treatment when it comes to safety,” Mayor Tim Keller said. 

Meanwhile, friends, family and community members gathered to remember Almuina at Church Alive in northwest Albuquerque Wednesday morning. 

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