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Family, neighbors want school signs where student was hit and killed

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Updated: 10/30/2013 6:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Wolfson High School student died from his injuries after being hit by two vehicles while crossing the street to school. A memorial rests in the spot Malk Sunwabeh, 16, was killed.

"I was kind of sad because he was young and all of that," said classmate Jessica Edouard.

Neighbors who live just feet from Wolfson High School said it was only a matter of time before a student was hit trying to cross the street.

"The cars go real fast. There's always fast cars here. Last week I almost got hit by a car myself," Sandy Abrams said.

Crossing Toledo Road is a common route for the kids. But there aren't any crosswalks. There isn't even a sign alerting drivers of the nearby school. Family members of Sunwabeh said if there were, maybe he'd still be alive.

"No school sign. No crossing, no," Edith Sunwabeh said.

Action News reached out to Duval County Public Schools and the city. Both say school zones and crossing guards are only installed at elementary schools, not middle or high schools.

We also asked the city about standard school signs. Action News is told the policy is the same: They only appear at elementary schools because of the extremely high percentage of driving or bus riding in high schools.

The grieving family hopes the city will reconsider the stretch on Toledo before someone else gets killed. In the meantime, kids like Edouard said they just try to be extra careful.

"I look like three times if a car's coming and I'll cross the street. If a car's not coming, I'll cross the street," Edouard said.

Malk Sunwabeh was hit by two vehicles Tuesday morning. The first was driven by another Wolfson student.

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