8 Pedestrians struck in one week; parents want answers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some parents are upset after hearing alarming numbers of pedestrians were hit by cars this week.

That number, eight in total and the latest was this morning at the intersection of Covington Pike and Yale Road.

WREG went back to that busy intersection and spoke with parents about what changes they would like to see.

Four pedestrians hit by a car on Monday, and one of them was a child. Three were struck Tuesday and a 16-year-old was hit  at the intersection of Covington Pike and Yale. Parents said enough is enough and something needs to be done.

"Will it cost a life before action is taken," said August Spencer a concerned parent.

"One is too many. Having seven or eight is absolutely inexcusable," said Muriel Macklin.

"I've called Shelby County Schools. They said there is nothing they can do and it's up to the police and the community," said Spencer.

Spencer told WREG,  she comes through Covington Pike and Yale to take and drop her kids off to school. She said every single day it's chaos.

"It's not totally the drivers fault. It's a lot the kids not crossing properly," said Spencer.

The 16-year-old struck by a car around 7 this morning was transported to Le Bonheur and is listed in critical condition. Spencer said she witnessed the accident.

"More kids were over here in the parking lot. I said 'You guys watch out, a kid has just been hit around here' and they said another one," said Spencer.

Both parents suggested the city build an overpass at Craigmont Middle School so students can get across the street safely.

"We have to do something to save the lives of these kids and the pedestrians walking by," said Macklin.

"I would like to see the community step up and for parents start talking to their kids about it," said Spencer.

We've reached out to MPD and the city to ask how many pedestrians have been hit in the city in the past month and for the year.

We also asked about the number of crossing guards in the city and if they're looking to add more. We're told those numbers won't be available today but as soon as we get them, we will let you know.