Residents call for change after death of girl hit in crosswalk

Their goal is to slow down traffic and raise awareness to the presence of pedestrians.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 11:51 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 2:55 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A group of concerned citizens gathered along SW 3rd Street in Corvallis on Monday, calling for change after a pedestrian died after a crash in the area.

The "walk-in" sought to raise awareness to the presence of pedestrians after 11-year-old Rhiana Daniel was hit by a car the week prior.

Corvallis City Councilor Hyatt Lytle said the child’s death is the third pedestrian death in that area in the last couple of years.


Lytle was among those in the group walking down the street and pressing the crosswalk buttons attempting to bring awareness to drivers. Their goal was to slow down traffic and raise awareness of pedestrians.

Lytle said she believes Corvallis needs to implement solutions to make the area safer.

“I read an ODOT report on enhancements to pedestrian safety crossings. We should really focus on what types of crossing have been really more effective and reduce pedestrian accidents,” Lytle said.

Resident Jay Thatcher organized the walk-in and said the cross-walk lights are not sufficient.

“We've had three deaths within yards of this point over the last year and a half and it's time for something to change,” Thatcher said.

Another walk-in is planned for Tuesday afternoon.

A vigil is expected to be held, but a date has not been announced. 

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