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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

OMEGA, GA (WALB) -  Spray paint still marks the place where nine-year-old Jesus Lara was hit by a F-150 in October. "He was just an outgoing boy who loved everyone. He would never turn his back on anyone and never met a stranger in his life," said Nickey Lara.

He died the next morning after being transported to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta. A make shift memorial still stands where he landed after the impact.

"All of his friends from school comes and places things. I don't know where they come from, but I know that he was very loved because things get added from time to time," said Lara.

Now Nickey Lara, Jesus' mother, is working hard to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else. "In all of the community, we have a lot of walkers because it is a small community. And a lot of children walk on pretty days to and from school and home."

She is petitioning the City of Omega to place several other stop signs on Medders Drive. "We have gathered 277 signatures. We are just really concerned about Medders Drive being a speedway."

Medders Drive is set to the Department of Transportation standards, but Lara said more can be done. "It needs a couple of three-ways put there, as well as a couple of speed barriers. And at the school crossing, we need a four-way there."

She said these stop signs will help keep Jesus' memory alive. "I just keep looking at the positive in every which way that I can. This is about the only way I could handle this." And keep other children in this neighborhood safe.

A public hearing will be held during a city commission meeting on this issue on May 7th. It starts at seven o'clock that evening at City Hall. Lara is also holding a Bicycle Rodeo to teach other children in Omega bicycle safety.

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