The tragedy involving a group of pedestrians who were hit and killed in North Tampa Wednesday night has prompted the Tampa City Council to address two issues that directly contributed to those deaths - that is, the lack of sidewalks and lighting in parts of the city.
Tampa Police announced Thursday morning that the unborn baby of 27-year-old Monica Alvarez, who was killed Wednesday by a motorist, died after doctor's performed an emergency caesarean section.
The incident exposes what is a reality in parts of Tampa, especially the lower-income areas. That is, there is extremely poor (or no) lighting in certain sections of town, as well as a lack of sidewalks, which has been more of an issue discussed at the council over the years.
In addition to Monica Alvarez and her unborn baby not surviving the incident, three other people were injured, with Alvarez' 14-month old daughter, Imani Golden, listed in critical condition.
Alvarez and 24-year-old Shanita Little left the Silver Oaks apartment complex Wednesday night while pushing their two children in separate strollers southbound on North 43rd Street towards East Hillsborough Avenue. As Tampa Police reported, "They began walking in the roadway when the sidewalk ended."