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Parents Seek Traffic Solutions On Deadly Fayetteville Road

Posted April 4, 2006 8:20 a.m. EDT

— Concerned parents who live near a Fayetteville road where a 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a car Friday night say something must be done about the road before someone else gets hurt.

Jameel Short was the third victim to die as a result of being hit on Ireland Drive since 2004. Investigators said Short was crossing the street when he and a friend were hit by a motorist. Short died two days later at a Fayetteville hospital as a result of his injuries.

"It's very important, we're losing lives out here," said Blenda Waters, whose 12-year-old son Gabriel was hit by a van and killed along the same road in 2004. "That's how important it is."

Nearby residents have met in hopes of determining what can be done to prevent further accidents along the road. They say they have invited transportation officials to their meetings, but no one has ever come. They don't know if a new speed limit, a different road design or more signs would help. They say they just want someone to listen.

"Anything I can do to help save a child's life or a grownup's life, I'm willing to do it," said neighborhood association President Sue Ivey, "I just need help doing it."

Transportation officials were not available Tuesday to speak to WRAL on the matter.