• City of Jacksonville evaluating safety at Hanna Park following mother's death

    By: Ben Becker , Action News Jax

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Action News Jax is pressing the City of Jacksonville for answers over safety concerns at Hanna Park following the drowning of a local mother.

    Action News Jax first told you about Kathy Paredes, 35, on Saturday.

    Her SUV flipped over into a lake with her 5-year-old daughter inside. The girl was rescued an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, but Paredes died. 

    STORY: 5-year-old survives overturned vehicle in lake at Hanna Park

    "I think the city is hugely responsible for it,” says Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson.

    Peredes' family says she trying to make a three-point-turn on a narrow dead end dirt road when the crash happened. She called her husband who called 911. 

    “When you advertise and promote a recreation area, it needs to be safe,” Carson said.

    Action News Jax drove around the park using a GoPro and saw several open areas without signs and barriers where a car could drive into water.


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    A City of Jacksonville spokesperson sent Action News Jax a statement that reads in part “The City will review this area and other areas at Hanna Park for potential safety improvements that also preserve the natural beauty of the park."

    Action News Jax asked for a second statement regarding any specific actions the city will take and why "do not enter" signs are not posted on the road where the crash happened. The city said there would be no further statements because this is an active investigation. 

    Action News Jax went to Kathy’s Bakery-Cafe on Beach Boulevard. The bakery was named for Paredes by her parents.

    There was a sign in Spanish and English on the front door. “The Paredes family is in mourning. Especially Barbara and Jorge. There daughter Kathy just passed away. Keep them in your prayers.”

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