Sep 18, 2013 8:29 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - Mountain View High School has been the site of several pedestrian accidents over the years and some victims are demanding more precautions be taken to prevent future problems.
Talin Rogers was only 15 years old when his life changed forever. He was hit by a car nine years ago while crossing Linda Vista just north of Mountain View High School. He still has pieces of the road embedded in his scars.
"I was walking across the crosswalk with a group of friends and I got hit at 45 miles an hour. I don't remember that day," Rogers said.
His scars are more than just physical, but a reminder of the four months he was hospitalized and the three weeks he was in a coma.
Since the day of that accident, Pima County has reduced the speed limit and added an automated crosswalk.
Seth Chalmers of the Pima County Traffic Engineering Division said that the county is currently conducting a five or six year study to determine problem areas for pedestrian accidents.
"It's a great concern for us and we're trying to do more to provide a safe crossing where it needs to be... of course, we are restricted by resources and the way we can do that," Chalmers said.
The dirt lots across from the school, neighbors say, also pose a risk--even with the area marked as "no parking." Instead of walking the few hundred steps the nearest crosswalk... many choose to take their chances and cross the road where they park.
Shelby Penrod's family was most recently affected by a pedestrian accident.
"It's been hard... there's definitely been moments when I've been wondering what I could have done," Penrod said.
Her grandma Dottie was killed in an accident while crossing the street after attending Penrod's high school graduation back in May.
"I think just definitely more lights and it's pitch black at night," Penrod said, explaining changes that would help diffuse the dangers pedestrians face. She also hopes that the speed limit would be reduced along Thornydale to help prevent this from happening to someone else.
"I think precautions should be before something bad happens," she said.