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People Asking for Crosswalks, Sidewalks Where Man is Struck By Car
DAYTON -- The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has released the identification of a man who was hit and killed Saturday night, March 8, 2014, while crossing Gettysburg Avenue.
Dayton police said 46-year-old Christopher Frock was hit by two cars, and that he was jaywalking when the accident happened. In the wake of the crash, pedestrians in the area said the deadly crash could have been prevented.
"If he'd have gotten hit by where there's sidewalks it would be one thing but he had to walk on the street!" recalled Christopher Leeson. He knew the victim, and walks along Gettysburg daily.
"No sidewalks, no crosswalk, and seven bus stops and 400 men that are trying to do the right thing," he said. "Half of them at least walk back and forth to the bus to go to work."
The area sees high volumes of traffic, including cars, buses and pedestrians, making safety a concern.
"We have a lot of traffic here, you just have to stay on the sidewalk to be safe," said Joel Diaz, who walks from the men's shelter nearby to the bus stop at Nicholas Street.
The issue surrounding the crash is the fact there is only a paved sidewalk on the east side of Gettysburg Avenue. There is no sidewalk on either side of the road from the shelter to any of the three frequented bus stops close by, and crosswalks are scarce.
"You jaywalk most of the time because theres no such thing indicating 'walk through here'," Diaz said.
The closest crosswalk to traverse Gettysburg from the spot where Frock was hit and killed is at the intersection of Gettysburg and Germantown Pike.
"It surprised me a little at first but, I mean honestly, I could see it happening," said Brian Gabriel. He also walks from the men's shelter to the bus stop, and knew the victim.
"I would personally love to see a sidewalk running on either side of the road and definitely a crosswalk at least down here at the entrance to the shelter," Gabriel said.
"On one side you've got 8 inches of mud," Leeson agreed, "and the other side you've got nothing, no other choice but the street. And if they catch you walking on the street then they give you a ticket. It's kind of a catch 22, you know the guy wasn't walking in the street because he chose to. And right where he got hit is right where there's no sidewalk."
Calls have been made to the City of Dayton about any potential or future plans to add crosswalks and sidewalks to the area.
Both of the drivers of the cars that hit Christopher Frock are complying with police and likely will not face charges.
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