A 7-year-old Georgia boy died after he was hit by a car in the middle of a busy North Decatur road in DeKalb County about 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
DeKalb County police said it appears the driver was coming over a hill and did not see the child.
Officials said the 7-year-old was walking alone when he tried to cross four lanes of traffic. He was about a half-mile from where he lived.
"There's no stop sign. Nobody is stopping cars; (they) just come down here flying," said DeKalb County resident Richard Sanders.
Police say the driver likely didn't see the child until it was too late. Residents still believe that something can & should be done. "There's no stop sign. Nobody is stopping. Cars just come down here flying." https://t.co/kSN8EJY3Cb— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) August 15, 2018
Police said the driver stopped after hitting the child just near the entrance of the Brentwood Apartments.
"The driver could not see the child as she was coming over the hill, and by the time she saw him, it was too late," said Shiera Campbell of the DeKalb County Police Department.
The incident is alarming to residents because of the amount of foot traffic in the area, including children. Neighbors said there is a lack of safe crossing zones.
WSB-TV's Carl Willis mapped the area. He discovered there is about a half-mile between crosswalks.
"I would say they're pretty far apart, yes," Campbell said.
The boy who was killed had a backpack with him, according to police. DeKalb County Schools confirmed he was a student at Dunaire Elementary School.
Grief counselors will be on the campus of Dunaire Elementary Wednesday after a 7 year old was hit and killed on N. Decatur Road. The boy was about a half mile from home when he tried to cross the busy road. pic.twitter.com/g7pHNIaqe9— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) August 15, 2018
The district released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken that one of our students, a 7-year-old just beginning his life, passed tragically this evening. Our thoughts are with his family and the Dunaire Elementary community during this difficult time. We will offer support to students and staff in the coming days, and will stand with them in support.”
Residents said they never want to experience this kind of loss again.
"We need to look at this area and put up some precautions for the safety of the children," Sanders said.
"You're going to have more accidents, especially with cars trying to get in here," said DeKalb County resident Jackie Bigby.
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