Leilani Fukui, 14, one of the twin sisters struck by a Honda Civic on Lark Ellen Avenue, died as a result of injuries she received during the accident.
Meanwhile, friends and neighbors are pleading for a traffic light at the dangerous intersection.
Dozens of people carrying signs and candles called for a traffic light Tuesday night at a crosswalk where twin sisters were hit by a car Monday, and they plan to do the same this evening.
Some loudly reminded drivers zipping through the crosswalk at Lark Ellen Avenue and Tudor Street to slow down as the group crossed and re-crossed the street. The crowd was comprised of residents as well as students from Gladstone and Northview high schools.
Debbie Marin and Joyce Davila, who live near the crosswalk, organized Tuesday’s gathering. Marin said she announced the event on Facebook, and called people and the school district. Word spread and a crowd showed up. A parent gave candles. Some children helped write the signs.
“There have been many accidents here,” Marin said. “I’ve been here 30 years. I’ve seen a lot.”
Davila estimated that cars go through the crosswalk 50 to 55 mph at least. The crossing guard nearly got hit more than once, she added.
So why the vigil and protest?
“We want them (drivers) to realize this is a crosswalk. This is not a freeway,” Davila said.
Our hearts and prayers are with the Fukui family during this difficult time. Fundraising and memorial service information is being posted on two Facebook tribute pages: Love for Lei & Lu and Luana and Leilani Fukui.