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Norfolk police, neighbors address pedestrian crashes at Wards Corner Civic League

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- At this Wards Corner Civic League meeting, two pedestrian crashes that happened at West Little Creek Road and Newport Ave. were top of mind.

One man died, the other survived.

Police told neighbors they don't believe speed was a factor for these specific crashes, but they do know speed has been a recent concern for residents.

"Myself and my partner have been in that area, 400 block as well as the 1400 block running radar," said a Norfolk police officer.

Neighbors also had other concerns about the intersection, and hoped by speaking up, they could be addressed. 

"I looked both ways and I was pulling out and all of a sudden there were two people in front of me. The hedges on that corner you can't see, all of a sudden they came out of the hedges," said one neighbor.

Others worry about people darting between cars.

"They're not at a crosswalk, they're like maybe 10, 20 feet from the crosswalk," said another neighbor.

Police say they work to address these issues by enforcement, education and engineering.

"We work very closely with the city's engineering and we see if there's any engineering we can update on a particular set of road whether it be more signs, better lights," said Norfolk Police Lt. Michael Lovely.

Police jotted down all of the concerns for this neighborhood and will now have an idea what to look out for as they patrol the area.


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