Boy's death sparks call for traffic safety reform in Jefferson Hills
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:41 a.m.
A nurse who came to the aid of a mortally-injured 8-year-old neighbor is hoping his death will prompt changes in traffic safety in Jefferson Hills.
“We need the borough council to support us and to make our neighborhoods safer,” Deanne Fulmer said at Monday's council meeting.
Fulmer attempted to aid Connor Zink when he was struck by a car as he rode a skateboard near his home on May 3.
“I made my best attempt to assess Connor, initiate CPR and save his life,” Fulmer said. “I was unsuccessful.”
Some changes are happening, police Chief Gene Roach and Mayor Michael Green said.
“Our police department is going to do what it can to stop speeding,” the mayor announced. “You will get a ticket, not a warning.”
The boy's death remains under investigation by Allegheny County homicide detectives. Roach said there has been no word about the outcome.
“Connor Zink had just moved to our neighborhood a few months ago,” Fulmer recalled. “He was friendly, kind, well-mannered — qualities you don't find in every child these days.”
Fulmer said Connor wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. She said she is forming “Connor's Crusaders for Child Neighborhood Safety,” and called the youngster “our hero” and “the guardian for our children now.”
The driver reportedly told investigators that he did not see the boy until it was too late.
“There are a lot of factors that went into this ‘accident,'” Fulmer said, putting “accident” in quotation marks in her prepared statement.
Fulmer said motorists are driving too fast in residential neighborhoods. She urged a reduction in the speed limit from 25 to 15 mph.
She said the street light does not work on Gilmore Drive near the scene of Connor's death.
She noted that there is one stop sign at the intersection of Oneida and Gilmore drives.
“There should be additional stop signs for the traffic patterns,” Fulmer said.
Green and council president Christopher King said they took last Friday's tragedy hard.
“I ask that everybody keep the family of this child in their thoughts and prayers,” King said.
Fulmer called out from the audience toward the end of Monday's meeting, seeking assurances that her comments would not go unheeded.
“It will be discussed,” King assured her. “Your concerns will be addressed.”
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport Area students may ‘have their cake and eat it too’
- Clairton marks Month of Young Child with parade, assembly
- County still waiting for Versailles bar owner payments
- U.S. Steel presents tuition scholarship money for Catholic education
- Dravosburg residents try to save PNC Bank from closing
- 2 key Operation Pork Chop defendants delay pleas
- Mon Valley communities plan cleanup day activities
- Carnegie Library of Homestead spotlighted in CNN iReport
- 73-home subdivision plan approved for Westwood Golf Club
- Forward officials announce furniture sale
- Indiana company gets OK to sell former West Mifflin municipal building