Fifteen days ago, 27-year-old Monica Alvarez was killed by a motorist in East Tampa as she and a friend pushed their two children in separate strollers on North 43rd Street toward East Hillsborough Avenue. The incident occurred in a part of town considered notoriously unsafe because of poor lighting and the lack of a sidewalk. Her 6-month-old unborn baby failed to survive the accident, while Alvarez's 14-month old daughter Imani Golden, who was critically wounded, is now in a sleep-induced coma.
The pain that Monica Alvarez's family members are still going through was evident today when they came before Tampa City Council, calling for safety measures such as speed bumps, better lighting and a sidewalk at the scene of the tragedy.
The fact that the city has so far done none of those things angered several members of the Council, particularly after Transportation Manager Jean Dorzback said it might take up to four months to provide adequate lighting and build a sidewalk where the accident took place.