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City Heights street fixed after teen skateboarder killed in hit-and-run

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Almost one year after a teenage skateboarder was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver, San Diego officials Friday highlighted safety improvements on a busy City Heights thoroughfare.
   
The upgrades on 54th Street near Lea Street include new bike lanes, crosswalks and medians, according to Councilwoman Marti Emerald's office.
   
Jonathan Cortez, 15, died after he somehow ended up on the ground in a lane on 54th Street and was run over by a vehicle that failed to stop. Witnesses saw Cortez riding his skateboard just before he was hit.
   
The driver of a green minivan contacted police a couple of days later but was not arrested at the time.
   
Emerald said the crash prompted area residents to advocate for safety improvements along busy 54th Street.
   
"We know that Jonathan's short life will make a difference in the lives of others and make this community safer,'' Emerald said.
   
A family friend, Phyllis Gallardo, told CBS News 8 that the changes are "a big improvement.''

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