Some concerned citizens have asked members of the South Bend Common Council to review recent traffic changes made in the area where an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle on Monday, Jan. 23.
The child, Tristian Moore, was crossing the street with his 8-year-old brother in the area of South Michigan Street and South Street in downtown South Bend when he was struck by a 54-year-old man behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.
At Monday’s city council meeting, several people who live nearby told the council they worry the traffic changes to the area made during the Smart Streets two-way street conversion could be to blame, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.
Among the changes made was the deactivation of several traffic signals, including in the area where Moore was struck.
The City of South Bend released a statement, saying their deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family.
The circumstances of the accident are still under active investigation, the statement read.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has requested that a review of information about the incident, and the conditions at the intersection where it took place, be presented to him by the end of the day, the statement read.
The city has received inquiries about changes to traffic signals at the intersection where the incident occurred. The intersection was part of a traffic study in 2015 which recommended the removal of a then-existing traffic signal based on vehicle and pedestrian counts. The signal was subsequently deactivated pending further review, according to the statement.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by the family in an effort to collect donations for Moore’s funeral.