Construction crews were on Moselle Street Friday morning, tearing up and replacing sidewalks on the street where a 7-month-old was struck by a car and killed last month.
Since the death of Nyree Greene on June 20, community residents have asked the city to address the dilapidated sidewalks on the street.
Nyree’s mother, Shannon Anderson, 23, said she was walking on the street the day her baby was killed because the sidewalks on Moselle are in such bad shape that it makes it difficult to walk a stroller.
While crews were at the scene Friday morning, Anderson described the day as bittersweet. She is glad the sidewalks are getting fixed, but said she is sad it took the death of her baby to get the work done.
The accident occurred at about 9 p.m., when Anderson and her aunt left the aunt’s Moselle Street home with Nyree in a stroller. They stepped off the curb and into the street, and were hit by a car that ended up jumping the curb.
Anderson and her aunt were knocked to the ground, but not seriously injured. Nyree was killed.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The driver of the car has not been named, and police are currently awaiting toxicology tests.
Fillmore Councilman David A. Franczyk said he heard that the driver dropped something in his car, and the vehicle swerved when he went to pick the item up.
Anderson has also questioned if the driver was speeding.
Franczyk last year drew attention to the dilapidated state of some sidewalks in his district, particularly those in front of properties where houses had been demolished. The councilman again raised the issue after Nyree’s death, and the city’s Public Works Department went out to inspect the sidewalks. Residents earlier this week met with Mayor Byron W. Brown, who promised them the sidewalk work would get done.
The sidewalk reconstruction is expected to cost about $100,000 and be done by the middle of next week, said Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak.