Officials to talk road safety in light of death

Posted at 1:47 PM, May 03, 2016

On the same day that friends and classmates honored 17-year-old Kalen Kirk with a candlelight vigil, county officials discussed ways to prevent the tragedy in the future.

Kirk died Monday morning while crossing Clubhouse Road in Lakeland to get to his bus stop.

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He was hit by the crossing guard supervisor in a marked Polk County Sheriff's Office unit.

Late Monday, a cross and flowers marked the spot near where Kirk attempted to cross the road.

Students and classmates planned to attend a vigil Tuesday night at the scene.

"We have got to do something different. It should not take the death of one of our children to open up a big dialogue about this," said Jhoanna Lunetta, who lives in the same neighborhood as the child that was killed.
Lunetta and others believe that better lighting and a crosswalk could make the road significantly safer.

Polk County's Sidewalk Advisory Committee coincidentally met Tuesday night at the Combee Building in Bartow. One of the topics of conversation will be safety on Clubhouse Road.

Parents tell ABC Action News they have complained in the past about the need for more lighting and even a crosswalk for kids to get the bus stop safely.