SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Plans are underway to add crossing guards to State Street in Springfield after a teenage girl was hit and killed by a school bus as she walked home from school on weekdays last.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” said Sorangel Ayala. “She crossed the street when she was supposed to. She has never taken any risks in her life.
Sorangel Ayala and Alex Medina, parents of Alexangeliz, have demanded changes in Springfield after she was hit and killed by a bus as she returned home from school last week. They wondered why no one was there to make sure their daughter got home safely.
“It just doesn’t make sense. Why was there no sergeant? Ayala asked. “We understand… we don’t understand. There is a library, it’s school hours.
We asked this question of Springfield Public Schools.
“We are always looking to hire crossing guards and where they are placed, where they are stationed is something that is very carefully defined with officials and experts in safety and security,” Azell Cavaan, director of communications told us. of Springfield Public Schools. “The entire town is constantly being watched for new or additional or relocations for crossing guards.”
Local leaders are now mobilizing to try to make the city streets safer for students. State Representative Carlos Gonzalez, chairman of the legislature’s public safety committee, told Western Mass News that he is currently working with the city to resolve the issue.
“I don’t know if crossing guards have been assigned to this specific area, but I know it’s a family request, specifically at this point,” Representative Gonzalez said. “I think they might be considering having crossing guards there or asking the city to have crossing guards, especially right after school to help with the pedestrian safety effort.”
He told us it was a personal issue.
“The family is close and dear to my heart. Alex Medina worked for me as a young man in the Chamber of Commerce and we will help them in the community to make sure that all the funds they don’t have to provide him with a funeral, we will help them in these efforts. , “said Gonzalez.
Services for Alexangeliz Medina will be held Thursday and Friday at La Rosa Funeral Home in Holyoke.