Granddaughter of pedestrian killed fighting for crosswalk

CREATED Jan 24, 2013

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Joseph Hauswirth was walking across the road to a gas station when he was hit and killed. Now his granddaughter is fighting to have a crosswalk put in; a crosswalk she says may have saved his life.

"Loved his grand kids, great grandkids, he loved us all. Now he's not here. It's not fair. I don't want it to happen to someone else," said Hauswirth’s granddaughter, Autumn Hoffman.

Hoffman wants to know why a crosswalk wasn't installed when the gas station was built last fall.
The nearest stop light to cross the road from the condo complex is a busy intersection at the highway bypass.

"We knew it was a matter of time before something like this happened. Never expected it to be him," Hoffman said.

Hoffman went to city hall to see what can be done.

"There's a bunch of different issues for that particular area," said Burlington City Administrator Kevin Lahner.

The city is growing in that area of town, and city officials say infrastructure hasn't kept up with building.

"Prior to the accident we were looking at putting a crosswalk in that location," Lahner said.

Now the city is considering its options of where to add lights and a crosswalk to make the area safer. Something that can't happen quick enough for Hoffman.

"It's going to happen again. This is a very busy road," Hoffman said.

The accident is still under investigation.

If you want to tell council members what you think, they are meeting to talk about the proposals on Tuesday, Feb. 5.