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Group wants city to fix dangerous crosswalk

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than a week after an infant was hit and killed in a crosswalk in Point Loma, the child's aunt is leading the charge to make a dangerous intersection safer.

Not only is Marisa Smith circulating a petition and posting it in local storefronts, she's demanding the City Council make the intersection at Catalina and Canon safer.

"This was a preventable tragedy," she said.

Smith's 7-month-old niece Juniper Aavang was killed last week when the stroller her father pushed was hit by this driver while in the crosswalk at the Point Loma intersection.

The proposal shows Canon closed off between Catalina and Talbot, and extending to Southernwood, so only residents would have access. The empty space would become green space and turned into a memorial park for Juniper.

Support is growing following last week's tragedy. The neighborhood mobility group Circulate San Diego is pleading to make the area safer.

Back at the crosswalk, the memorial is growing, with vegetation cut back so drivers can clearly see the crosswalk sign. Traffic engineers also put down cables for a car counter and a preliminary plan to re-stripe the area.

"It's 40 mph, it needs to be 25," Janis Gordon of Point Loma Drug said.

Families say the city needs to make this area safer for families.

"This needs to happen now, and it needs to happen now and it should have happened a long time ago," Smith said.

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