After a young boy was killed in Lincoln Square while riding a motorcycle, neighbors gathered to honor his memory, calling on drivers to change their behavior and for public officials to pass new legislation to help protect pedestrians.
Neighbors gathered for a group party to honor 2-year-old Ravi Cardenas on Wednesday evening. Cardenas is one of at least three children killed this month in car-related accidents, and members of the community are looking to prevent future tragedies.
“We chose this neighborhood because we thought we could walk around it safely, and recent events have clearly called that into question,” said Elliot Locke, Cardenas’ father.
On June 2, a Cardenas driver was hit while riding a scooter, one of the many tragedies that have occurred in recent weeks.
On June 9 in Uptown, a 3-year-old girl was beaten and killed while riding a bicycle with her mother. Finally, during the past week in Lundell, a driver who bumped into and killed an 11-year-old boy while crossing a street.
Now, parents are calling on council members to take action, and drivers to slow down.
“Even for me, it’s more about slowing down and being aware (while driving),” Crystal Affinity said.
Matt Martin, City Alderman 47The tenth Ward, is calling for the city council to pass a new ordinance encouraging safer streets and intersections.
“Different people have different experiences, but at the end of the day we have those shared concerns about bike safety and pedestrians are not where we want them to be,” he said.
Gathering in Lincoln Square was not only a space to enjoy fellowship with neighbors, but also a place to grieve and generate ideas in hopes of helping create safer streets for all.
“Everywhere you go in someone’s neighborhood, I think it’s easy to forget when you’re driving but in every building, there are children there. There are families there,” Luke said.
The driver who hit Cardenas in the accident has not been cited, but police say an investigation is still underway.