Family dedicates new traffic light at Cape Coral intersection where son was killed


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Family dedicates new traffic light at Cape Coral intersection where son was killed

By Sara Belsole. CREATED Oct 23, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The intersection of Del Prado Boulevard and NE 3rd Terrace was the site of tragedy for a Southwest Florida family a few years ago, but now it's a site of hope.

Wearing homemade t-shirts, Kerri Santos walked with friends and family across Del Prado Boulevard Wednesday morning. It's the same intersection where her 13-year-old son Ryan was hit by a car and killed in 2010.

But now, Santos is able to cross safely thanks to a new traffic light and crosswalks.

"It's going to help other children, families to cross the road in a safe way," Santos said.

The crosswalks talk to you, telling you when it's safe to cross and how much time you have left.

But getting them put up was no easy task.

"It has been a fight, between people that didn't want it up, we had a lot of controversy with it, just taking it to the county, the city, it was a big struggle," Santos said.
Santos said her son gave her the strength to never give up.
"That's a mom that faced a tragedy and refused to say no when she was told no we can't do it," Cape Coral City Councilman Kevin McGrail said.
But the county finally said they could do it when Race Trac, which sits at the intersection, decided to pay the $300,000 tab for the light.
"It's a big relief, it's a big weight off my chest knowing this is finally done. I have a little bit of peace now," Santos said.
Peace knowing other families can now cross safely with Ryan watching over them.
"He is smiling, I am sure he is very proud right now," Santos said.


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Sara Belsole is a video journalist for FOX 4