No safety upgrades to West Blvd. 1 year after 11-year-old was killed

- Thursday marks one year since 11 year old Ty’Asia Young was hit by a pick-up truck and killed while crossing the street in front of her house on West Boulevard in Charlotte. One year has passed and there are no visible safety upgrades as promised by a politician.

“It just broke my heart because it was the last day I was going to see her,” said 10 year old Antonia Young.

Antonia and her sister 11 year old Ty’Asia Young were inseparable. The two were crossing West Boulevard last July 13th when Antonia says her sister saved her from being hit by a car.

“She pushed me out of the way so I didn’t get hurt,” Antonia said.

Ty’Asia was hit and killed in an area where for a one mile stretch near homes and businesses, there is no safe place for people to walk across the street.

“When I cross the street, when I look out my door, I still see no progress so yeah, it still hurts the same,” Mary Fryar, Ty’Asia’s mom said.

Ty’Asia’s mom has been pushing the City of Charlotte to do something about the dangerous area.

What I do have is a commitment from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide a safe solution so that residents can go back and forth across West Boulevard” Senator Joel Ford, who’s now running for Charlotte mayor, said almost one year ago.

FOX 46 Charlotte reached back out to Ford Wednesday, and he said he doesn’t know the status of the safety upgrades and promised to check on it.

Turns out, the Charlotte Department of Transportation is studying the area to figure out the best solution. They gave no timetable on how long that will take or when Ty’Asia’s family may see change.

“It saddens me because it makes me feel like the city doesn’t care about the loss that I, not just me, but there’s other people that have lost their lives on this street or who were harmed or hurt because of the traffic” Mary Fryar said.

C-DOT began studying the area back in January. They’ve done several walking tours, talking with residents.

And there is a public meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. at the West Boulevard library where city staff may share details of the possible safety upgrades in the area.

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