“I lost my best friend, my kids lost their dad”: Grieving Family Asks For More Crosswalks 8/16/13
CBS 7 News
August 16, 2013
ODESSA-The Current family is still grieving the loss of their patriarch, who was hit by a vehicle crossing the street.
“I lost my best friend, my kids lost their dad,” Denee Current said, holding back tears. “I have to support four children on a minimum wage income.”
After hearing about another man’s death at an Odessa intersection, they want city leaders to do something about it.
"Every corner should have a crosswalk from corner to corner," said Denee Current.
Denee Current is still grieving, the mother of four lost her husband Derrick Current after he was hit by a car last week walking outside of a crosswalk in Odessa.
“We have to walk clear in either direction and even those intersections don't have marked crosswalks,” Current said of crosswalks around Odessa.
Jay walking happens every day. We asked Odessa’s Traffic Coordinator Hal Feldman if the city needs more crosswalks.
"We're always on the lookout for places where we can add pedestrian services,” Feldman said.
The City of Odessa says of the 127 traffic signals across the city, 51 do not have pedestrian access points like crosswalks. That's about 40 percent.
"I'm sure there are places where the shortest route is to jaywalk, but it's not the safest way to get across the street,” Feldman said.
While current is saying goodbye today to her husband, the mother of four has a strong message for others.
"I don't care how far away the cross walk is,” Current said. “Please use it.”
If you would like to suggest places where crosswalks are needed, please call Odessa's Engineering Services Department at 432-335-3239.
The family is in need of help raising money to cover the cost of Derrick’s funeral, which was held today. You can donate to any Chase Bank in the name of “Denee Current” with ACCT # 253980772.
The family will hold a fundraiser tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at 3109 Andrews Highway at Rebecca’s Furniture Mall.