DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Family members of the man hit and killed crossing a Dayton street push city leaders to make changes improving the area’s safety.
“It was devastating. you know, I had so many questions that were unanswered,” Jackie Apostolou, the victim’s niece, recalled the night she received the devastating phone call.
She and her family made the drive from New York to Dayton Wednesday to attend her uncle, 46-year-old Christopher Frock’s funeral.
Frock was hit and killed by two cars as he crossed Gettysburg Avenue Saturday, March 8. People who walk there often said it’s dangerous.
“It’s the lighting. There are no lights,” said Brad Thomas.
Thomas lived and volunteered with Frock at the Gateway Shelter for Men, just down the street. Frock’s niece says her brother also lived at the shelter for awhile.
“There was only sidewalk on one half of the street, but there were buses that dropped the gentleman off on that side without a sidewalk,” said Apostolou.
2 NEWS took the concerns to Dayton city leaders. They said they’re now conducting a traffic study in that area.
Apostolou said the family believes there should be a crosswalk, better lighting, or at the very least– a speed bump in the area. “We know it’s an added expense, but it’s definitely it’s a need. it’s huge for the people in that area.”
Frock’s funeral service will be Friday morning.
“We want everyone to know that from this tragic accident, good things can happen, we can save another life,” said Apostolou.
Family members will hold a candlelight vigil at the spot where he died Thursday, March 13.
2 NEWS will be checking in with city leaders to see which changes are made to Gettysburg Avenue.