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Family of Girl Hit and Killed by Speeding Driver is Asking for a Guardrail
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been two years since a 12-year-old girl was hit and killed by a speeding driver in Springfield.
Monday night, her family honored her memory on what would have been her 15th birthday.
We also spoke to neighbors who say drivers still speed around this curve, and now, the family wants something done about it.
"She hung up the phone at 6:22 and Kayla was hit at 6:23," said Gloria Mongold, Kayla's mother.
Gloria Mongold, remembers the day her little girl was hit and killed by the man driving a SUV as he ran from Springfield Police.
"She just had enough time to tuck the phone in her pocket, and then the SUV came around the corner and hit her," said Mongold.
It's a day she'll never forget and pain she doesn't want anyone else to feel.
"Every time you hear a car coming you turn around and look, because they come around that curve so fast," said Mongold, "Sometimes their wheels are squealing they go around there they go right up against the curb."
So we checked it out ourselves.
We caught one driver going 29 in the 25 mile per hour zone.
Then, we caught two drivers going nearly 10 miles per hour over the speed limit..
But nothing compared to the driver going 48 miles per hour, while kids were walking along the road.
"They need a guardrail up there. It shouldn't take one kid getting killed or five kids getting killed or five people getting killed, for them to decide, ok now we need to do something," said Mongold.
So Gloria and her family started this petition to get a guardrail put in they already have 293 signatures.
"If there was a guardrail there, it would have at least slowed him down a little bit. It might not have saved her life but it might have given them a little bit more of a chance," said Mongold.
A chance that Gloria wants to give everyone.
"If they would do it before, it would save more people's live," said Mongold.
We also went to the Springfield City Engineer's Office with Kayla's family as they handed their petition to the engineer.
He told them he would look into the situation, and get back with them in a few days.
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