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Santee City Council takes up deadly student crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It has been less than two weeks since high school junior Ryan Willweber was killed in a car accident in front of West Hills High school.

During a city council meeting on Wednesday night, members of the community demanded the area along Mast Boulevard be made safer.

The city said new development on the street would require a traffic light, but students and parents who drive in and out of West Hills High School said they do not have the time to wait to keep another accident from happening.

"I believe one death should be enough to get something done," said Anthony Ortiz.

Anthony Ortiz was the other driver involved in the April 30th, tragic accident.

He was the driver in the Ford Explorer that hit 17-year-old Ryan Willweber and his brother pulling out of the campus crossing oncoming traffic, pushing the Mercury Sable into a truck.

The accident killed Ryan.

Kaylyn Rambo who is a freshman has gathered 200 signatures petitioning the City of Santee for a traffic light at the intersection.

"How many kids have to lose their life, or get seriously injured before a change is made? Many people say a light would be an inconvenience. The only inconvenience in this situation is a mother having to bury her son," she said.

During Wednesday night's Santee's City Council meeting, engineers presented traffic calming options, including light or possibly a no left turn out of the high school, not immediate changes were presented.

"Santee is a family. Whenever there is a loss in the family, the family comes together,” said the city's mayor.

Although no immediate changes are expected, the community will continue to rally around students and pressure the city for a safer street.

The crash is still under investigation. Deputies would not release any details during Wednesday night's city council reports.

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