Posted at: 01/29/2013 8:15 AM
Updated at: 01/29/2013 7:14 PM
News10NBC is talking to the family of a young Penfield man who was struck and killed along East Avenue.
Thousands of drivers use that stretch of road in Pittsford everyday. Just moments after hearing the news reports about the incident Monday night, homeowners near the scene began posting their concerns about safety there.
Family members say 26 year old Vaughn Steele was waiting for the bus when he was hit. His body was found around 7:00 p.m. Monday.
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies say the driver called 911 late Monday night and told the operator he hit a man. Officials say the driver told investigators that he originally thought he hit a garbage can. So far no charges have been filed. News10NBC spoke with Steele's family Tuesday afternoon and they still have a lot of unanswered questions.
So News10NBC went back to the scene Tuesday to find out more about the community's concerns for a need for sidewalks and to see if there are any alternatives that could have prevented this tragedy.
People say this stretch of East Ave is so narrow, they get nervous if there is another car next to them, and say there is no room for a pedestrian or biker. There is no shoulder and no sidewalk.
There is a bus stop near by and neighbors around here say that means people are walking all the time on this part of East Ave and they often use the street. News 10NBC spoke to the victim's family. They say he was walking to the bus stop after studying at the Pittsford Library. They said they are very upset to see there is no safe place for people to walk around here. They are even more upset that someone would hit something and just keep driving.
Passion Hall-Steele, victim's sister, said, “I mean, honestly, if I was driving a car, I would get out, pull over to the side of a road, get out, check my car and see what I hit. You can tell the difference between hitting a garbage can and a person.”
With all the questions about safety on this part of the road, News10NBC reached out to the town of Pittsford to talk to them about it, they declined an on camera interview but released a statement: "While we have not yet learned the details of the accident, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the gentleman who was killed. Pedestrian safety is of course an important priority to the town of Pittsford and we are, as always, open to working with neighborhoods to address any issues of concern."