Neighbors Call Attention to Deadly Intersection

By: Koula Gianulias
By: Koula Gianulias

A group of parents in South Reno is demanding more traffic controls at a busy intersection in their neighborhood, where a 13-year old girl was killed last week.

Neighbors here are taking matters into their own hands, because last week's tragedy wasn't the first at the intersection of South Meadows and Evergreen Street. A 15-year-old pregnant woman was also killed there last October.

The parents have put up hand-made signs urging drivers to slow down, and they're going to city council to ask for stop signs or a traffic signal.

Kimberly Roberson was relaxing on her porch last Tuesday evening, when her 13-year-old neighbor, Linda Foldi, was hit and killed by a suspected drink driver traveling an estimated 70 miles an hour.

"She was walking her bike, and he just came out of nowhere," Roberson says. "That was it. It was over."

Last October, 15-year-old Amanda Reins - who was pregnant - was hit by a speeding truck, and she pushed a 10-year-old out of harm's way before she was killed. Now Roberson is patrolling the street where hundreds of children and other pedestrians cross each day to get to Double Diamond Elementary, a park, and a nearby shopping center. She's also posting signs and vocally urging drivers to slow down. She's joined by many of her neighbors, old and young.

"It's amazing how many are on their cell phones, and don't realize," Roberson says. "It's amazing how a megaphone gets their attention."

"I'm worried for all the kids," Roberson continues. "And not just the kids. I worry for the elderly who have to cross here. Some of them are in wheelchairs."

Kirk Hollister - who is blind - says he's had to dodge speeding drivers on South Meadows. He blames it on a lack of attention.

"People with perfect sight walk into me and cut me off, and I wonder - do they drive like that?" Hollister wonders. "Because they're gonna kill someone."

With the homemade signs, the memorial for Linda, and increased police patrols, neighbors say they've seen an improvement. But they're still counting on city council members to come up with a permanent solution...before it happens again.

"Amanda and her baby, that's two, and now Linda," Roberson says. "If they don't take action, they're crazy."

Linda Nicholson, like several of her neighbors, says she's had enough.

"I just can't witness another loss of life," Nicholson says. "Illness is one thing, but this is crazy. We've been complaining a long time [for the city to do something]."

On Wednesday, August 23rd, these neighbors are taking these complaints directly to Reno City Council Members. A spokeswoman for the city says they've put the issue on the agenda, because they want to solve this problem.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:15 at Reno City Hall. Anyone who is interested in this issue is encouraged to attend.

Stay with News Channel 8 for coverage of the meeting, and the proposed solutions to the traffic concerns in Southeast Reno.


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