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Durham road where child killed concerns neighbors

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Jeri Dee Quick, 4, ran into the road and into the path of an oncoming car in the 3500 block of Dearborn Drive. Jeri Dee Quick, 4, ran into the road and into the path of an oncoming car in the 3500 block of Dearborn Drive.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Neighbors in the area where a 4-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car Monday night say they are concerned about safety along the stretch of road near Lakeview Secondary School.

On Monday, family members say 4-year-old Jeri Dee Quick was excited to see her father and darted across the street in the 3500 block of Dearborn Drive to tell him about her first day of Pre-K. Although her dad and a friend yelled at her to stop, Jeri was hit by an oncoming car and killed.

The driver of the car was traveling 35 miles per hour and told police that she didn't have time to brake. Police said they do not anticipate charging the driver.

Jeri is the eighth person to be hit along that stretch of road in 5 years, according to the Department of Transportation, and neighbors have long complained about the safety of the road.

The DOT reports that seven pedestrians were hit in six different crashes on Dearborn Drive in Durham between the start of 2009 and June of this year. Five of the pedestrians were 15 years old or younger.

In the same section of Dearborn Drive where Jeri was hit, a 14- and 2-year-old were hit Aug. 6, 2013. A 41-year-old was hit May 12, 2013, less than a block from where Jeri was hit.

  • Click Here for a map of pedestrian crashes on Dearborn Drive

The City of Durham said it received a request from a neighbor in June 2013 to install speed humps along Dearborn Drive, but the city denied her request because it said the road is a thoroughfare, a state road and is on a transit route.

In April, another neighbor complained of missing signs indicating a sharp curve on Dearborn and asked to have bus stops relocated to safer places along the road.

And the day after Jeri's death, the city said it received complaints from the Department of Public Safety and a neighbor about a sight obstruction at Apollo Street and Dearborn Drive near where the road curves sharply.

A burial fund as been set up to help Jeri's family with expenses. Monday can be donated to "Jeri's Fund" at any Wells Fargo Bank.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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