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Death of 2-year-old boy leads Lewelling residents to highlight safety issues.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - Police investigated last summer's incident along the 9500 block of Wichita Avenue.Growing concern over the volume and speed of Milwaukie traffic, culminating in the tragic hit-and-run fatality of 2-year-old Jack Barrett last summer, has prompted the Lewelling Neighborhood District Association to conduct a traffic safety survey.

Neighborhood representative Nick d'Alonzo said the online survey will close on Sept. 30 and be compiled this fall.

COURTESY PHOTO: MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Jack Barrett, 2, was struck by an unknown vehicle that resulted in his death in Milwaukie."This survey asks residents to highlight traffic safety issues and, more importantly, to propose traffic calming measures," d'Alonzo said. "Association representatives will use this data to advocate for safer streets in the city's Transportation System Planning process, which starts this winter."

Based on community concerns in response to the 2-year-old child's death, Milwaukie officials reduced the speed limit on Southeast Wichita Avenue to 20 mph from 25 mph last summer.

Although autopsy results indicated that speeding was not a factor in the crash, neighbors have long been concerned about vehicles speeding through the residential area as a bypass street between King Road and Johnson Creek Boulevard. Police indicated it was unlikely that the unknown vehicle involved in the collision sustained damage, which added to the difficulty of identifying a suspect.

The neighborhood traffic survey is anonymous and takes a few minutes to complete. You can also find the link on Milwaukie ChitChat and Facebook for LNDA, Lewelling Elementary and Ardenwald Elementary schools.

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