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Neighbors start memorial at Point Loma crash site

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Concerns are growing over what Point Loma residents say is a dangerous crosswalk. A memorial is growing at the site, where an infant was killed earlier this week while crossing the roadway with her father.

Seven-month-old Juniper Aavang died after an SUV hit her stroller Monday at Canon Street and Catalina Boulevard. A collection of flowers now sits where the baby was struck while her father was pushing her in a stroller through the crosswalk. The baby's father, John, remains hospitalized in fair condition.

"It just breaks our heart, just like everyone else. It's just the saddest thing. It's very upsetting," neighbor Cindy Macy said.

Macy and other nearby residents have been visiting the site frequently, still in disbelief, yet not surprised based on how dangerous the crosswalk is. While at the crosswalk Friday, we witnessed several vehicles pass by without slowing down.

Juniper, her father and mother Ginevra live in Woodstock, Illinois. There were in San Diego visiting Ginevra's mother, who lives just up the street. While out on a walk, Juniper's mother walked through the crosswalk first. While she was waiting for her husband and daughter to cross, the SUV struck them.

The driver told investigators the crosswalk was obstructed. Since the crash, the city has trimmed down a palm tree to give drivers a better view of the crosswalk, but neighbors say more needs to be done.

"I think they ought to move the crosswalk for about 300 yards north," neighbor Hal Russell said.

Locals say they've grown accustomed to avoiding the crosswalk by jaywalking or using another one further down, hoping that someday, the area will be made safer.

"The people who were hit were visitors from Illinois. No wonder because locals would not have done the same thing, but people who weren't familiar trusted it," Macy said.

Following the crash, San Diego police investigators spent hours at the site doing a reenactment. There is no word yet on what came of the investigation.

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