Following hit-and-run crash, residents raise concern over pedestrian safety in West Allis
“Something needs to be done,” says Richard Stott, a resident of the area. “I don’t want to lose anybody because people just aren’t paying attention.”
Stott is referring to the 4-way intersection of Schlinger and 92nd St. in West Allis.
It’s the same intersection where police say a woman in her 60’s was hurt Saturday, Jan. 4 in a hit-and-run.
“We have a county park across the street and they just blow through the intersection,” says Stott.
Stott has lived in the senior housing on the corner of the intersection for 11 years. He says he has encountered several close calls himself, and he’s not the only one.
“A guy hit his brakes and was less than a foot away from my face and body,” says Cheryl Hills, who crosses the road in her wheelchair towards the convenience store.
CBS 58 spoke with West Allis Mayor, Dan Devine, who says the intersection is split between West Allis and Milwaukee.
He adds there are a number of intersections the city will be working on this year, but this particular one isn’t a part of it. That doesn’t mean it can’t be added. However, there is a process.
In 2015, a traffic management program was created to help in the decision making with problems at intersections.
“People should just take a few minutes out of their time to slow down,” says Hills.
“To just run someone over and just leave is just cowardice,” says Stott.
Friends of the woman hurt on Saturday say she remains in the hospital where she is recovering with two fractures in her back.