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Safer streets sought after hit-and-runs

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Bridgeport police and city officials unveiled a new traffic calming plan to help pump the brakes on fast-moving cars.

The program will help set up alternative ways to help report problems such as speeding.

Several hit-and-run incidents involving children have prompted city officials to take action.

A few months ago, 6-year-old Diamond Battle was hit while crossing Highland Street and Washington Avenue with her aunt.

They were both badly injured. Diamond had a punctured lung and several broken ribs.

"My child is still not totally healed - she was in the hospital over 30 days," said mother Yvette Lyons during a press conference Monday afternoon. "She was in ICU (intensive care unit)."

Just a month before that incident, A 2-year-old boy named Corey Gordon was holding his mom's hand as they walked around the car to get another child out.

When a driver hit the boy and didn't stop. Corey was in the hospital for weeks and has brain injuries.

"We have three times the state average in terms of pedestrians hit here in Bridgeport," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. "It's a very serious problem."

There are plans to put more police patrols on the streets of Bridgeport and create more speed bumps to prevent this from happening.

"You'll see, especially near schools, more enforcement of motor vehicle laws," said Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief Joseph Nardozzi. "You will see more marked, uniformed police officers."

A camera outside a local convenience store was able to get a picture of the SUV that hit Diamond. Finch said he would like to see more cameras in the city. 

Diamond's mom is grateful her daughter wasn't killed.

"The sad thing is for people not to take ownership for what they don't," Lyons said. "And there's no way you can tell me you hit multiple people and did not know you did this."

Bridgeport is also applying for more grant money from the state for DUI arrests and seat belt enforcement.

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