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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Several people gathered at a Springfield intersection to remember three children who were killed crossing it three years ago on Thursday.
During the memorial, people lit candles and released balloons to remember 8-year-old John Day, 5-year-old McKenzie Hudson and 4-year-old Tyler Hudson.
Police said they were killed by a driver who ran a red light. They said the crash was deemed a tragic accident and the driver was given a fine and lost his driver's license for a year.
KEZI spoke to the father of the children who told us he appreciates the support from the community during this tough time.
"It means everything, we could have packed up and left day one, but we planted our roots here and plan on staying her, and it's because of our community and the way that people help us,” James Hudson-Crawford said. “You don't get that anywhere else."
Since the accident the City of Springfield has reduced the speed limit from 40 miles per hour to 35.
In honor of the children, the city also built a plaque to remember the children.