SALT LAKE CITY — A traffic signal will be installed at a dangerous crosswalk where a 6-year-old girl was hit and killed earlier this week.
Ambrosia Amalatitoda died Thursday, a day after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk on State Street at 1500 South. Ambrosia was being walked home from school, Whittier Elementary, by her mother when both were struck by a vehicle that had swerved around two other vehicles that had stopped to let them cross.
The 46-year-old female driver of the car that struck the two had not been charged or cited as of Friday. Salt Lake police would not release her name, saying they needed to complete their investigation before presenting it to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.
Salt Lake police said Friday they would look at whether distracted driving was the main cause of the accident or even a contributing factor.
Natalie Randall, Ambrosia's mother, underwent surgery Thursday. She remained in critical condition but was expected to recover.
The Utah Department of Transportation said the crosswalk where the two were hit has been on their list of problem areas. A traffic light was now expected to be installed this summer.
"It's about time," was the reaction from Deborah Parr, who works at Whittier Elementary School.
Parr said the school has been trying for at least two years to get a traffic light at that crosswalk. During that time, she said parents and students had been encouraged to cross at 1700 S. State where there is a traffic signal and a crossing guard, or 1300 S. State near the school.
The school has made two announcements over their PA system since Wednesday, again encouraging students not to use the crosswalk at 1500 S. State.