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Residents in Lehigh Acres push for the county to do more after deadly crash Saturday

Posted at 1:04 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 07:01:24-05

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- On Saturday, a deadly crash occurred around 8 p.m. along Joel Boulevard, just across the street from where another serious accident happened the day before. Nearby residents said they hoped the county would consider doing more to protect its residents.

For those who live just yards away from the busy roadway they said they hear accidents happen all the time. A few claim they've been speaking out in favor of more lighting and patrols in recent months but feel their concerns have gone unnoticed.

On Friday, an 8-year-old boy was hit waiting at his bus stop. A bus stop that doesn't have a sidewalk and is close to a street where cars drive 40 MPH.

On Saturday night, a report from Florida Highway Patrol shows a driver of a Honda Accord overcorrected his steering trying to avoid hitting two bicyclists and ended up colliding with a pine tree while driving down Joel Blvd.

A Lee County spokesperson tells FOX4 the Lehigh Acres Street Lighting District committee voted to increase the amount it taxes itself to increase its lighting. It was approved in September and went into effect on October 1 with plans to add 110 street lights to street corners as well as down several streets. The goal is to provide more lighting in the area for both drivers and pedestrians.