Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

The danger of crossing roads where there are no lights or crosswalks

Posted by Christopher Coen on November 14, 2011

On Saturday, two teens from Burma/Myanmar were hit by a car in south Indianapolis, according to an article at WISH TV. A person commenting on the article claims that it was in the vicinity of the Greentree apartment complex. A city councilman points out the problem of refugees coming from places with few automobiles, yet another person commenting claims that an elderly woman was killed near the same place two years ago while trying to cross the road.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Saturday, two teens were hit by a car just north of Stop 11 and Madison Avenue on the city’s south side.

The accident happened around 6:15 p.m. in an area with no lights and no cross walks.

Both teens are recovering, 17-year-old Ramilant Hang is at home, 18-year-old Van Bawi Sang is still at Wishard Hospital.  Van was upgraded from critical to serious condition after surgery Saturday evening for head injuries.

The two teens and their families are Burmese refugees…

…City-County Councilman Jack Sandlin said the Department of Public Works should now look at this area as a high priority…

…”It sounds pretty basic to us, but when you come from an area that doesn’t really have a lot of automobiles, it’s a huge difference,” Sandlin said. Read more here

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