|Published:||Jun 25, 2010 2:27 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 24, 2010 10:42 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A 15-year-old is dead after he was hit by a car while riding his bike. WINK News did some digging and found out the plan for sidewalks is already in the works... and it's your money paying for it!
Cameron Ford was forced to ride in the street because there are no sidewalks - and an elementary school is just feet away.
Natalee and Nathan Monroe are mourning the loss of their neighbor and friend. Cameron Ford died Wednesday night when the bike he was riding was hit by a car on Trafalgar Parkway.
"I was shocked because me and him had so much fun together."
"He was so nice and so sweet and every time I'd say bye he said I'll see you tomorrow. I am so excited to come outside to say hi and play with him."
People who live near the accident scene say it was only a matter of time.
"I think they should put some sidewalks and lights and stuff like this wouldn't happen. It'd be a little safer for kids to walk to school because they have nowhere to go. They walk on the side of the street."
Cape Coral has $300,000 set aside to put in sidewalks next year. The first phase will be along Trafalgar between Skyline and Santa Barbara. Then, the city plans to put sidewalks along Trafalgar toward Chiquita.
Corporal Patrick O'Grady said whether sidewalks exist or not, everyone on the road needs to pay attention - especially during these summer months when kids are out of school.
"Parents need to make sure their kids are responsible and it comes down on the parents - if you want your child to be safe, you need to know what they're doing."
It's advice already passed down to the Monroe kids.
"Wear helmets a lot, pads... just be safe. Tell your parents where you are. call them as much as you can."
Flashing lights will be installed by the school zone, but if people living here want street lights - they will have to pay for them themselves.