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Neighborhood works to promote safety after 9-year-old is hit by car


MADISON (WKOW)-- Speed bumps are typically viewed as a nuisance by many people, but in the Vera Court neighborhood they're being praised for their life-saving potential. Families held a special celebration Saturday morning in honor of three brand new speed bumps in the neighborhood.

"It will help this kind of neighborhood. Kids go around here. They don't see cars. You just go," Bailee Chadwick says.

Chadwick was crossing the street to get ice cream when she was hit and run over by a suspected drunk driver in June. Her mother says she suffered a lacerated liver, several fractures and was put into a medically induced coma.

"I never thought it would've gone the way it did, but it's okay. She's here with me walking and talking," Bailee's mother Heather Marin says.

Five months after the accident Bailee is back to her usual self. She and dozens of other kids in the neighborhood were excited for Saturday's kids parade. The group made stops at each speed bump so they could draw on them in chalk make them more visible to drivers.

The speed bumps were built after a few mothers started a petition. The group discovered Bailee's accident wasn't the first to happen on that stretch of road.

"I looked back on some of the calls in the past and saw there were four other crashes over the last 20-years that were very similar to this one," Madison neighborhood police officer Dave Dexheimer says.

In each case the kids experienced the same scary moment Bailee did the day she was hit. The hope is that with increased awareness, accidents like these will never happen again.

"Stop and slow down so they won't ever hit anybody, any other kids," Bailee Chadwick says.

Charges are still pending for the woman accused of hitting Bailee while she was drunk behind the wheel. The District Attorney's office says the case is still under review.


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