Push to make pedestrians safer on Hillsborough Avenue

Tampa, Florida - For the second time in a matter of weeks, a teenager is rushed to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for injuries after being struck down in the street.

William Hogan is in critical condition after being hit while crossing Hillsborough Avenue at 40th Street around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Regina Burton, who was driving a silver Toyota Camry, was turning from 40th Street toward eastbound Hillsborough Ave. when her car struck the Gary Adult High School student.

"It's traumatizing to see this happen, and then I'm a part of it?" said driver Burton.

Tampa Police say Burton was not to blame because she had a green light.

Hogan, however, was traveling just outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by Burton's car.

The latest incident happened just fifteen blocks from where Middleton High School student, Normal Velasquez-Cabrera, was struck and killed in late March.

Motorist tell 10 News how they constantly dodge pedestrians who ignore crosswalks when trying to get to the other side of Hillsborough Avenue.

"We see people dart out between cars all the time. It's like challenging the cars, I guess. I don't know," said Calvin Morgan, who lives near the area where the incident took place.

Tampa Commissioner Lisa Montelione is meeting with Florida Department of Transportation officials on April 15 to discuss engineering new ways to make Hillsborough Ave. safer.

"The police officers don't show up and give people tickets as often as they ticket cars for speeding, so that's maybe one area that we can step up."


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