by Robin Kemp

A butterfly release will mark a ceremony in honor of the people who have been killed in Clayton County traffic accidents so far this year–including a mother and daughter who were just passing through.

District 3 Commissioner Felicia Franklin will hold the vigil today (Wednesday, July 21) in front of the HArold R. Banke Justice Center, 9151 Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.

Here are their names:

Trenton Turner22Clark Howell Hwy.Jan. 8
Kevin Jacobs37Hwy. 85 & Mize RoadJan. 8Pedestrian
Nicole Carter31I-285 & I-75Feb. 3
Christopher Elikwu57Riverdale Road & Greenwood LaneFeb. 3Pedestrian
Freddy Woodard64Mount Zion Road & Fielder RoadFeb. 3Pedestrian
Teswanna McElyea29SR 54 & Tara RoadFeb. 5Pedestrian
Manuel Tavera-Sanchez34Tara Road & Washington RoadFeb. 5
Vernon Hackney36Tara Blvd. & Mount Zion RoadFeb. 18Pedestrian
Andrew Ragan71SR 42 & Lake Harbin RoadMarch 2
Eric Tyler45SR 42 & Old Morrow RoadMarch 7
Kareem Davis36Tara Blvd. & McDonough RoadMarch 11
David Guilford34SR 85 & Rock Hill DriveMarch 22Pedestrian
Crystal Stuart39Tara Blvd & N. Main StreetApril 19
Antwon Green35SR 85 & Lee StreetApril 17Pedestrian
Ofc. Armando Mendoza22Tara Blvd. & S. Main StreetApril 19
Jacquez Thompson15Hwy 138 & Old Hwy. 138April 27Four-wheeler
Christain White19Crossbow TrailMay 10
Mirza Raymundo-Marcos15SR 85 & Warren DriveMay 10Pedestrian
Alagie Ndow27SR 138 & Lake Ridge Pkwy.June 15
Willis Price43Tara Blvd. & Iron Gate Blvd.June 22Pedestrian
Queene Roux28I-75 NJune 23
Destiny Glass21I-285 E & Riverdale RoadJune 27Pedestrian
Nathaniel Taylor29Mount Zion Road & Reeves RoadJuly 4
Viengnakone Phanhmixay49Tara Blvd. & Upper Riverdale RoadJuly 5Pedestrian

Eleven of the 25 people killed on Clayton County roads were pedestrians. One was a 15-year-old on a four-wheeler. One, Clayton County Police Ofc. Armando Mendoza, was driving when his patrol car was struck by another driver. Six were killed on Tara Boulevard, which is one of Georgia’s ten most dangerous roadways. Three died on Mount Zion Road. Four died on Georgia Hwy. 85. Three died on area interstates.

“So many families have been shattered this year on our roads,” Franklin said. “It pains me to think that some loss could have been prevented with certain precautions in place to keep our citizens and visitors safe.”

In an exclusive interview with The Clayton Crescent, Franklin said part of the solution may include pedestrian bridges over Tara Boulevard:

Clayton County BOC District 3 Commissioner Felicia Franklin on road safety

On Thursday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Smart Pedestrian Project will take place at the Flint River Community Center, where citizens can make their voices heard about road and pedestrian safety in Clayton County. Franklin will detail efforts to secure state and federal funding to make those changes happen.

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