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Walking vigil for 4-year-old hit and killed by vehicle

Posted by: Nicole Norfleet under Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Public safety Updated: October 11, 2012 - 7:38 PM

A south Minneapolis community will hold a walking vigil this weekend to remember a 4-year-old struck and killed by a vehicle last month as he crossed the street.

Jose Manuel Parra Rodriguez was hit Sept. 30 while crossing a street near Stewart Park where his mother had been playing soccer. According to police, the driver, a 58-year-old woman from Minneapolis, was distraught immediately after the accident at E. 26th Street and 11th Avenue S. shortly after sunset.

The vigil will begin at Sunday at 2 p.m. Community members will gather and then walk together and return to the memorial site for a closing ceremony. 

During the vigil, community members will make a plea for increased pedestrian safety. Jeff Carlson, one of the event's organizers, said 26th Street can be dangerous. He said the street could be improved by lowering the speed limit and adding signs alerting motorists that children cross the street to get to the park among other ideas.

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