2010-04-08 / News

Burton approves fence at site of Davison teen’s death

BY ROBERTO ACOSTA STAFF WRITER

Friends and family erected a makeshift memorial to Evan Anger after he was killed accidentally by a motorist on Court Street, March 26. Friends and family erected a makeshift memorial to Evan Anger after he was killed accidentally by a motorist on Court Street, March 26. BURTON — City council members voted to erect a fence on East Court Street South following an emotional plea by the parents of 15-yearold Evan Anger.

The council unanimously approved building a fence to lead away from the road and redirecting traffic coming off the catwalk towards Adams Road at an expense of no more than $5,000.

Casey Anger, Evan’s father asked the council “to take immediate actions to improve the safety of this area” as previous incidents in the neighborhood had resulted in talks, but no specific action.

Evan Anger was struck on East Court Street South on March 26 around 7:40 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have said drugs and alcohol did not play a factor in the crash. The case is under investigation by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, but no charges have been filed.

“Now a 15-year-old boy, who happens to be my son, is dead,” he said tearfully. “If some action has been taken, my son might be with us today.”

“The safety of this area needs to be improved to make sure no one else gets killed,” Anger said.

He added with pillars and bushes 75 to 100 yards beyond the catwalk and only 18 feet of sidewalk to the road, a safety hazard is created, and when foliage is in bloom during the summer “Visibility is virtually impossible at that point.”

Anger estimated a bicycle traveling down the ramp at 12 miles an hour is in the road- way less than a second after reaching the sidewalk. He questioned why there was no signs warning of pedestrian traffic or striping.

“There is nothing alerting you there is a catwalk or children on foot or bicycles,” he said, adding bushes should be trimmed or cut down and possibly installing speed bumps along the stretch of roadway marked at 25 miles per hour for vehicle traffic.

“My son ended up a full 50 feet from the impact,” Anger said. “It’s hard for me to understand how a car traveling at 25 miles per hour can knock my son 50 feet.”

Carissa Anger, Evan’s mother, also pleaded for some barrier to be erected in the area. She said her son was riding his bike home with a friend after picking up candy and pop when he was struck.

“I do not want to come back here again, but I will come back every time until something gets done,” she said, adding a return could include poster boards with pictures of her son to stress the issue.

John and Laurie Dunlap’s son was struck in the same area last September, and they going the Angers in a plea for some action to be taken near the catwalk area.

Laurie Dunlap said her son still has nightmares after being struck, while John Dunlap said he told the Michigan Department of Transportation and the city that someone would get killed in the area if nothing was done to alleviate the issues of visibility.

“I just want to know why a nice, young boy has to get killed before someone takes it seriously,” he said.

Council member Tom Martinbianco said while the fencing is a good idea, the city will still have to contact MDOT in regards to the bushes and trees in the area as they are not city property.

Council president Steve Heffner said he contacted MDOT and they “had no problem with putting up a fence.” Heffner noted the sidewalk in front of the catwalk would need to be moved, and he suggested yellow and black strips placed on the fence as a warning for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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