10-year-old’s death prompts call for more sidewalks

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DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Ind. – A group is pushing for more sidewalks after 10-year-old, Danielle James, was hit by a car Tuesday night. The accident happened in 6800 block of W. Thompson Road. According to the family’s pastor the girl was walking her best friend home when it happened. The driver told police he saw something and tried to swerve but it was too late. The girl’s friend was not injured.

“And she was one of the sweetest little girls you ever meet,” said Brad Flaskamp, associate pastor at Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship Church.

Kim Irwin is Executive Director of a group called “Help by Design” and she says there are too many accidents like this. Irwin is pushing for more sidewalks in the greater Indianapolis area to promote safety and health. She hopes this accident is a wake up call.

“It is tragic but it takes a crash like this to actually look at what infrastructure improvements are needed in an area. We know that vast parts of Indianapolis, of the county do not have the sidewalk infrastructure that we need to keep people safe,”said Kim Irwin, Executive Director of Help by Design.

Police say the children were wearing non-reflective clothing and walking in the street. Thompson Road is narrow with ditches on both sides and there are no sidewalks. The driver is cooperating with investigators.