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Family pushes for signs on busy road after teen's death

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Updated: 10/30/2013 12:02 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pain and anger have overcome the Sunwabeh family. They are unable to come to grips with the loss of their young boy with big dreams.

"He was very quiet and respectful, very smart and had potential to be somebody in life," said family friend Bernice Chea.

Sunwabeh, 16, died Tuesday after being run over by a 17-year-old classmate. Police said she didn't stop right away and he was hit again by a truck driving behind her.

"Maybe if she had stopped after hitting this boy, the next driver behind could not have hit this boy for the second time. Maybe we would still have Malk today," said his aunt, Neinpolor Mellen.

 His stepmother Edith Sunwabeh told Action News Malk knew to be careful when crossing Toledo Road on his way to school. It's a 30-mph zone, but she said cars go a lot faster. She also has another big problem with that area.
"No school sign, no crossing route," she said.

She's right. We did not find a single sign to notify drivers that children use that road to get to the back of Wolfson High School. Because it's adjacent to the two-lane road, the boy's family said a crosswalk should be put in before another child loses their life.
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Truthseeker - 10/30/2013 4:26 AM
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Unfortunately, many of todays children haven't been taught how to look both ways before they cross the street. I don't know how many times I have had them step off of the curb in front of me without even having the good sense to check for traffic.
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