New crosswalk installed in Leander after student hit by car

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 5:20 PM

LEANDER, Texas -- A year-and-a-half after she was hit by a car when she tried to cross Bagdad Road, 13-year-old Naarah McKinney is still healing.

She has undergone multiple surgeries and months of therapy after she was critically injured in a crash in March 2012.

"It's very hard for kids to get across, and I don't want them to go through what I went through and what I'm still going through," said McKinney.

Her mother, Teborah, has pushed for a crosswalk ever since her daughter was first injured, and now it's in the final stages.

"I feel I got something accomplished, not only for my daughter, but also for the community," said Teborah McKinney. 

Days ago crews installed a pedestrian traffic signal on Bagdad Road. It will be operational in three weeks once the sidewalks are finished and the road is striped. When people need to cross, they push a button and a flashing red light will alert drivers to stop.

"It's pedestrian activated; otherwise it's dark," said City of Leander Engineer Wayne Watts.

The City of Leander and the Leander Independent School District are splitting the cost of the $88,000 project.

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