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Neighbors: 'Something Needs To Change' After Fatal Collision At Dangerous Intersection

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Neighbors who live by the intersection of Monroe and Mansfield, near where Friday night's crash happened, say something needs to change.

There is a crosswalk at the intersection, but it is only marked with three lines in the middle of the street. There are also no signs indicating that it is a crosswalk.

Several neighbors say it is a very dangerous place to try to cross because of the amount of traffic that drives through. Emerson Garfield Neighborhood Council Chair EJ Iannelli, who lives nearby, says he has even had problems crossing the street there with his two kids.

"Oh yeah, every time. There was an event over at the Presbyterian church on Sunday, and it took us forever to cross here," Iannelli said. "Given what had happened the night before, we had to be extremely cautious. No cars stopped for us, so we had to wait until it was completely clear."

The speed limit on the road is 35 miles per hour, but many people say a lot of drivers go much faster.

Neighbors say Monroe is a high traffic area for both pedestrians and cars because of all the businesses in the area. The heavy traffic and lack of signs is why the Emerson Garfield Neighborhood Council is trying to get more pedestrian crosswalks put in along the street.

For example, the council wants more crossings like the one near the Gonzaga Campus that has flashing lights and a center island where people can stop in the middle if they cannot make it all the way across. However, according to the city of Spokane, those crosswalks are only installed near schools.

As for the crash on Friday, many of the details are still under investigation. Right now, the driver of the station wagon has not been charged and police say drugs or alcohol are not factors in the crash. According to police, witnesses they interviewed said the family was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. Pedestrians would need to walk about a block to get to a stoplight.

"Here you have to walk up a block, and then if you were to walk to the south, you would have to walk three blocks to get to the next light to cross," Iannelli said.

People continue to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals, and signs at the sit of the crash on Monroe. The mother is still in critical condition, but is improving. According to family friends, the seven-year-old boy has been released, but has a broken collar bone. The five-year-old little girl passed away Saturday morning.

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