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Friends and Family of teen killed in hit-and-run want more crosswalks in area

Co-worker remembers teen killed in hit-and-run
Posted at 6:42 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 18:42:38-04

Friends visited the site on Friday where a 17-yearr-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident just two days earlier. 

The small memorial near W. Hillsborough Hwy. and Blue Springs Dr. keeps growing as people stop to leave flowers or light a candle there in memory of Ashley Perdomo. 

Less than a block away, employees at El Unico Supermarket continue working, despite not having Perdomo there filling her usual spot as a cashier. 

"She was a very helpful person,' said Miguel Tejada, the manager at the store, "very dedicated to her work." 

Tejada says Ashley asked to leave work early on Wednesday, which he allowed. 

He'd also just told her she was going to get a raise. 

However, instead of going the usual route to the bus stop, crossing Hillsborough Ave. along a crosswalk some 700 ft. away, he says, she chose another route. 

He doesn't know why, but says she opted to go to the other bus stop, more than 1,000 ft. away, which doesn't have a crosswalk.

"This is a really busy intersection," he says.

He also says a lot of people cross along the intersection between the avenue and Blue Springs Dr., despite there not being a crosswalk. 

"They need signals for pedestrians, there are none," he said, "there's no safety." 

The Florida Highway Patrol reports 12 crashes at the intersection in the last six years.

None were deadly, until Wednesday. 

The suspected driver, Nikolaus Konstantinous bonded out of jail on Friday, telling reporters he never saw Ashley. 

ABC Action News then asked whether he'd realized he'd hit something that night. 

"Something hit me," he said,"that's the way it felt. But I didn't know what it was and I drove a couple more blocks and stopped to see what it was and I couldn't see because it was going dark so I went back to the place and where it was lit and I saw the damage and it was done." 

Konstantinous is now charged with a felony. 

Ashley's brother Bryant Perdomo told ABC Action News reporter Brendaliss Gonzalez that while it was a relief to know the driver had been caught, it won't bring Ashley back. 

Tejado hopes more crosswalks can be added to the area near his store, specifically near Blue Springs Dr. 

"Something always has to happen before the city does something," he said. 

A spokeswoman for the Florida Dept. of Transportation tells ABC Action News while they don't have immediate plans to add any crosswalks to the area, they will look at the client report to determine whether they need to make any changes.