Teen launches safety campaign to honor friend killed on roadway

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Eddie Olsen has launched a petition to install surveillance cameras on isolated road where friend Anthony Hofer was killed

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Eddie Olsen says he was compelled to do something in honor of Anthony Hofer, whose body was found along Heritage Road in an isolated part of Chula Vista last week.

Police believe Hofer was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Olsen, who had known Hofer for about four years, has started a petition to get the City of Chula Vista to install cameras and/or other safety measures in the area where his friend was killed.

“I thought, how can I make this road safer?” Olsen said. “I know this road has no surveillance cameras, no speed bumps, no traffic lights and I know law enforcement rarely patrols this area. I thought of a petition — get a certain amount of signatures and show them to the city council and mayor so they can listen to me adding more safety features for our community.”

Olsen’s online petition has already gathered almost 1,900 signatures.

“I realize that there is nothing I could possibly do to bring him back,” Olsen said. “It would mean just about everything to save someone’s life even if it was just one. If I prevented an accident keeping someone from getting injured or paralyzed…it would be worth it to me.”

The Chula Vista Police Department has not said whether it will consider asking the city to install surveillance cameras or other safety measures in the area.

But Olsen said it doesn’t matter.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to get this done,” he said.

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