Mom pushes for traffic lights in Coronado after son’s brain injury

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Frankie Slattery recovers in the hospital after getting hit by a car in Coronado.

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CORONADO, Calif. – The mother of a boy severely injured after getting hit by a car in Coronado plans to sue the city, citing the excessive speeding traffic on the roads leading to the Coronado bridge.

Frankie Slattery, 15, was riding his bike across the intersection of 4th Street and B Avenue when he was hit by a car. He suffered an epidural hematoma, a type of traumatic brain injury, from the collision.

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Frankie Slattery recovers in the hospital after getting hit by a car in Coronado.

His mother, Quelene Slattery, told Fox 5 she plans to sue the city, even though her son was found to have been at fault in the accident.

“I dragged my poor son with 40 staples in his head into their council meeting to show them,” she said. “There is nothing that constrains the traffic between Orange Avenue and the bridge. Then you see the highest speeds during peak hours and the speed builds as people approach the bridge.”

“I hope they add stoplights. They’ve got to fix the problem before someone dies.” said Quelene Slattery.

A consulting firm has been hired to come up with three proposals to include variations with traffic signals, elevated cross walks and speed bumps.

“You could have signals progressively up and down 3rd and 4th streets,” said John Tato, a member of the Coronado’s Transportation Committee. “It would help to slow down the traffic by synchronizing signals and it also will open up opportunity for pedestrians to cross it.”

Tato said they are tasked with trying to find a solution to a problem that has divided the community.

“While it might serve a greater good, people who live in proximity to signals are often unhappy about that prospect,” Tato said.

Those residents fear the slowed traffic will back up in front of their homes and decrease their property values.

“I don’t want a four-way signal on my corner because of the pollution,” said local resident Mona Kelley.

If any changes would happen to 3rd and 4th streets between Coronado Bridge to Naval Base San Diego, Caltrans needs to be involved, because the streets are actually state highways.

According to the attorney for Slattery family, Coronado is liable since it’s not illegal to cross the streets, just hazardous.

The consulting firm will continue to gather information form residents through a public survey and then submit their proposal to the city in October.

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