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Albany man advocates for changes to school zone

Gregory Nurideen (Source: WALB) Gregory Nurideen (Source: WALB)
Antonio Shed Jr., 9, was hit and killed near the school zone (Source: WALB) Antonio Shed Jr., 9, was hit and killed near the school zone (Source: WALB)
A memorial stands in the area where the four children were hit (Source: WALB) A memorial stands in the area where the four children were hit (Source: WALB)
The mother of the boy killed maintains the memorial (Source: WALB) The mother of the boy killed maintains the memorial (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's been almost a year since four children were hit on Mock Road, as they were walking to school, near Turner Elementary.

Antonio Shed Jr., 9, was killed. Now, one resident is calling for changes to that school zone, in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

"These flowers are so beautiful, but it's so sad that they represent young lives," Greg Nurideen said.

A memorial still marks the area on North Mock Road where those four children were hit last September.

Nurideen was one of the first to the scene. He said its a day he can't forget.

"My emotions were how tragic it was that these babies were laying there," he said.

Now with a new school year underway, Nurideen says it's time for changes to this school zone.

"One, the lack of sidewalks, two, the lack of indicators, flashing lights that are common in most school crossing areas. Possibly a speed bump," he said.

"Those children were laying in the road here, run down. So the question is, how long will it be before we see a repeat of the same situation?"

Nurideen said while government leaders can put forth the funding to make physical changes, he urged the community to take action.

"We have to be just willing to step up. The ornaments look good, and this is the best this mother can do to express her grief, but it's not her burden alone."

Nurideen said he hopes others will speak up and ask city leaders to make changes to the school zone.

City officials said they are looking at using SPLOST funds to make changes to school zones citywide, but that could take years.

Dougherty County school officials said the system is continuing to bus students who normally walk to nearby schools. They have also added a police officer to be there during school zone hours.

The system is working together with the city to find ways to increase visibility in the area, officials said.

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