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Residents call for measures to reduce traffic near the place where the girl died in Montreal


Residents living near the site of a hit-and-run crash in Montréal that killed a seven-year-old girl last month are calling for effective measures to ease traffic.

Children and adults in the Sainte-Marie neighborhood, just east of downtown, marched through the streets Tuesday morning to urge the city to do more to stop speeding cars on local street. They say motorists looking for shortcuts to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge as overcrowded traffic along the larger streets is creating a hazard.

Renaud Antoine, protest organizer, said: “Sometimes just crossing the street is quite complicated because cars want to go fast. “They don’t pay much attention to the people who live here.”

Mariia Legenkovska, a Ukrainian refugee, was killed last month when she was hit by a car on her way to school.

Mariia Legenkovska is seen in a hand-out family photo. A Montreal-area man accused of a hit-and-run crash that killed a 7-year-old Ukrainian girl while walking to school has been released on bail. REPORT CANADA/Ho-Legenkovska familyProtesters say they want an action plan from the city for the area, because the area has a lot of traffic due to its proximity to the bridge.

“What we’re asking for is a plan to ease traffic for the neighborhood,” said protest organizer Chris McCray. “It’s easy to disregard signs, so we’re asking for physical measures, such as changing the direction of some local streets, so that motorists can’t essentially refuse them to take a shortcut.”

City officials say authorities have targeted 50 locations around schools, parks and daycares, where they plan to take measures to slow motorists, including humps speeding, narrowing streets, and widening intersections.

“We want to make sure that we also work with the community. We want to make sure we talk to people, we want to make sure we talk to school guidance,” said the member. City of Montreal executive committee Sophie Mauzerolle added that it’s emergency action plan.

“We really want to get this done quickly because we don’t want to see crashes happening on our streets,” she said.

Organizers will meet with city officials on Thursday.

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