Family of fallen teen demands change at railroad crossing
Relation to Walker from L to R: Uncle, grandfather, uncle, father
Crossing on 22nd Avenue
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -
A family hopes to spark change at a busy railroad crossing where a family member was killed. The 19-year old driver in that accident, Synia Curry, remained in Crisp Regional Hospital.
The family isn't merely hoping for change; they're demanding it at the crossing on 22nd Avenue, and they went to City Hall Friday to voice their concern.
"I know it can't bring my grandson back, but it could be able to help somebody else on down the road," said Buford Royal Jr.
The entire family of 14-year old Javion Walker is sad and upset.
"Things like this shouldn't be going on in this day in time," said uncle Jeffery Lucas.
Walker died when a train smashed into the car he was riding in Thursday afternoon.
"Can't believe I lost my little brother. He's all I had for real. Life is short," said his brother Jalen Walker.
"It's rough. My daughter and the grandmama are taking it real hard right now," said his grandfather Buford Royal.
The busy intersection where Walker died is devoid of crossing arms and lights. The lack of that crossing gate makes this tragedy harder to take.
The family believes police are blaming the driver when the focus should really be on the safety of the crossing.
"What is under investigation when you don't have a guard rail there? That's something that y'all are responsible for, not the citizens. Citizens pay taxes for that," said Lucas.
The Georgia Department of Transportation confirmed that they are the agency responsible for placing crossing rails, but a lack of funds makes it costly to have them at every intersection. The family said the change is necessary.
"Y'all make the mistake, so y'all need to fix it not have my family suffer. I'm not going to sleep until justice is done," said Lucas.
The DOT said they will take another look at the crossing, but did not say when a decision would be made.
The family also claims police were more interested in questioning Curry over the wreck than making sure she was okay. Police say she refused treatment three times before eventually being taken to the police department for questioning. No charges have been filed.