The family of a boy who was killed in a pedestrian accident in Duluth over the weekend is calling for speed limits to be lowered in the area.

Four-year-old Tylerlee Magliocco was killed when he walked on to the road on Saturday night and was struck down by an SUV. Apparently, Tylerlee had managed to open the locked door of his house on his own and walk out. His mother was on the phone and didn’t hear the chime that normally rings when the front door is opened. She only realized something was wrong when she heard the squeal of tires. Tylerlee sustained serious injuries and died the next day in the hospital.

The driver of the SUV, an 18-year-old, stopped after the crash.  So far, there is no indication that drug or alcohol use was a factor in the accident. Police don’t believe the driver was speeding or distracted either.

Tylerlee’s parents say they don’t blame the driver of the SUV for their son’s death, but they are calling for speed limits on Grant Avenue to be lowered. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.  The parents believe that 35 or 30 mph would be the right speed limit, given the number of families with little children living nearby. According to Duluth police, the particular stretch of road where Tyler was hit doesn’t appear to be especially prone to accidents.

As a Cobb County personal injury lawyer, investigations sometimes reveal that accidents are caused because of a defect in the design or layout of a road. Unfortunately, many of these defects only come to light when there is a serious or fatal accident.  Hopefully county and/or city authorities must evaluate the speed limit where Tylerlee was struck and determine if any changes can be made to prevent similar pedestrian accidents.
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