Chattanooga Parents March to Make Streets Safer with Sidewalks

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 3/25 6:40 pm
(WDEF)  Chonipa Williams said she started hyperventilating at the sight of her grandson .. Quentius Bonner.
        She said ,"When I first went into his room and seen the life support and the tubes, I was breathless."  She added, "helpless, no doubt in pain."
        The 19-year-old .. Father of two .. Just got done donating plasma on Friday when he was hit by a car on Workman Road.
        Family members say you could tell he was walking on the grass .. And not the pavement because you can see where his shoe dug deep into the dirt on impact.
        Williams said, "I can almost imagine him calling for me .. help me grand mama."
        Reporter asks, "if there was a sidewalk here, do you feel like this could have been prevented?"  The answer: Yes.
        Members of the Alton Park community say they've been asking for sidewalks for years.
        In 2009 they thought federal money was available for the project.
        However, it never got done.
        Now, they're asking a new administration to step up to the plate.
        Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said, "We continue to figure out ways to make our streets complete, to make sure we have safety all around our area."
     Bonner has already under went four surgeries.
     He's in critical condition.
     Police are currently interviewing and running tests on the driver who hit him.
     Community members are selling t-shirts to raise money for the Bonner family.
     If you would like to buy one .. Contact the Alton Park Development Corporation.

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Here2Opine - 3/26/2014 12:56 PM
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