Signs installed in Park West where girl was hit by truck

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Three months after an 11-year-old girl was struck by a truck in a crosswalk in the Park West neighborhood, new flashing signs have been installed to warn drivers to slow down.

The new signs were placed on Park West Boulevard where the Cario Middle School sixth grader was hit in January.

Pushing a button activates the flashing warning lights.

"Most folks are pretty cautious and stay within the 35 mile, but once in a while you get people who lose control of it," said resident Bob Gair.

Park West resident Mike Sullivan saw the accident happen.

"I was maybe one or two cars behind the little girl who got hit. That guy pulled out, he was flying. She was very lucky, she was extremely lucky," Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he's all for the new traffic signs, "I think it's great. I think it was very well needed, it's about time."

For other folks who live in Park West, the flashing signs are a sigh of relief.

"I think it's appropriate because people driving that fast shouldn't be doing that anyway, so it reinforces what the rule already is," said Matt Evangelista.

"I go to Wando and they've had announcements for it, for drivers to be careful, look out for the crosswalks, so I think it's very important," resident Ashley Popovich said.

Christopher Dudley, the driver accused of hitting the girl, was charged with reckless driving and failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

His case has yet to go to trial, according to Mt. Pleasant Municipal Court.

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