LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After 10-year-old Alexys Garcia was struck by a car near her school, residents of San Gabriel are pushing for more traffic safety regulations and crossing guards.
It was just last week when Garcia was leaving Jefferson Middle School and was struck by a car.
“She had a skull fracture, broken jaw, cheekbone fracture and fractured pelvis,” said Joeanna Garcia, the victim’s aunt.
Garcia’s family and friends showed up to the City Council meeting in San Gabriel on Tuesday with the hopes of enacting new safety regulations.
The family claims that the accident could have been prevented if a crossing guard were looking out for Alexys.
San Gabriel made a statement, saying: “City officials have already begun to reach out to their parents in Temple City and L.A. County to analyze the incident and the intersection, and the city is committed to determining whether there are ways to prevent it from happening again.”
Dan Garcia, the victim’s uncle, argues that the city needs to improve traffic safety right away.
“We need to invest in more crossing guards, and we need to invest in better traffic mitigation,” he said.
Alexys was supposed to go to a concert Thursday for her birthday, but her family has canceled plans as she will remain in a hospital for at least a few more days.
No decisions were made at Tuesday night’s council meeting, as it was just an open discussion.