It was a trip Alex Cox had made before: Crossing Utica Pike from Duffy’s Landing into Cherokee Estates.
On Sept. 13, Alex didn’t make it to his house. He was hit by a car while trying to cross Utica Pike to go home for dinner.
Nancy Cox, Alex’s mother, attended the Board of Public Works meeting last week to ask that something be done to improve safety along the roadway. Despite the driver of the vehicle going the speed limit, and the kids —12-year-old Alex was with his older brother and an exchange student living with the Cox family — looking before they tried to cross the street, they still didn’t see one another. Alex was hit by the car around 6:30 p.m. that Friday.
“I think the biggest problem was, the lady coming from Utica, was the lack of visibility,” Nancy Cox said.
Despite driving the road regularly, she didn’t realize how poor visibility is at the boat launch and park along the Ohio River.
“I guess I didn’t realize how blind that hill is on the opposite end,” she said. “We are very fortunate [Alex] is going to be OK.”
Nancy Cox said her son is expected to make a full recovery, but she wants to see some kind of safety measure put in place for the people accessing Duffy’s Landing.
“I had already been concerned about people trying to cross the road in that area,” she said. “There are a lot of children from our neighborhood that go into that area to play in the grassy field. If a crosswalk would have been [there], away from the hill, it would have given both more time to react.”
Along with the request to install a crosswalk, Janet Purlee, with the Terraces of Park Place Neighborhood Association, presented a number of suggested safety measures that could be implemented and that had been signed by a handful of the residents who live near Duffy’s Landing.