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Parents call for street safety improvements after student struck by car

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Parents and students are hoping for changes to the dangerous stretch of road after child was hit this week. (WFSB) Parents and students are hoping for changes to the dangerous stretch of road after child was hit this week. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

After an eighth-grade student was struck by a car Wednesday along Hobart St. in Southington, parents and students are hoping for changes to the dangerous stretch of road.

Many students from DePaolo Middle School and Southington High School use the road, which has no sidewalks and only one crosswalk, to walk home. The road also has poor visibility, making it difficult for drivers to see. 

"They can't see you if they're coming over the hill because I've attempted to walk across there before and they can't see you at all," said student Shamus Geel.

"I would think if a car came up there pretty fast he wouldn't have time to stop," said student Kyle Kinney.

Police said in the past five years, there have been 23 accidents on Hobart street, seven specifically in the area where the student was hit.

Parents and students agree another crosswalk needs to be added along the stretch because many of the children live further down the road.

The driver who hit the student cooperated with police and was not issued a ticket.

The student who was struck, Alyssa Cohen, was discharged from the hospital Friday night after undergoing ankle surgery. She is back home with her family.

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