Tragedy leads dad to act

October 14, 2009 3:45:04 PM PDT
On busy Midland Avenue in Rye there are lots of cars, and lots of signs. A brand new one went up this week telling motorists in no uncertain terms to slow down.

Jim Amico took it upon himself to put up the sign after his son's death.

"I've been here my whole life, and I've seen tons of accidents, it's a common thing here," said Jim Amico.

Two and a half years ago, his 10-year old son Jerrid was riding his bike when he was struck and killed by a car. The vehicle involved was not speeding, but Amico says he's frustrated the city has done little to improve conditions on the same street where a girl was killed decades ago.

"In 1957 this should've been done. Here we are 2009 and still nothings ben done," said Jim Amico.

The city rejected Amico's suggestion for a mid block stop sign, saying it could catch drivers by surprise and lead to more accidents. Instead crews will build out the curb.

"It will make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street. Secondly as the cars drive down the road they will instinctively slow down because the road actually narrows," said city manager Scott Pickup.

Rye will use federal stimulus money for the project next spring. As for the sign, reaction has been mixed.

Since it sits on Amico's property, there's nothing the city can do.

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