Community wants change after 15-year-old hit, killed at bus stop


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Family and friends are mourning the loss of 15-year-old Zoe Deen, who was hit and killed while crossing Youngblood Road in Charlotte’s Steele Creek community Tuesday morning, to board the bus to Olympic High School.

A man who was at Deen’s home on Wednesday described her as “vibrant.”

Her classmate told Fox 46 Charlotte’s Robin Kanady she doesn’t want Zoe’s death to be in vain, and others in the community hope something is done, so there won’t be another tragedy. 

“It’s just horrifying that this happened and could have been prevented,” one community member said. 

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A makeshift memorial for the Olympic High School student has been growing at the site where she was hit and killed by a car while crossing the busy, dark Youngblood Rd. in southwest Charlotte to catch her morning school bus. 

“Something should be done to not allow this to happen again. It’s devastating.”

Neighbors are calling for change and possibly getting results. Wednesday afternoon, a crew from Pike Electric was working on an existing light at the entrance to the neighborhood for Zoe’s bus stop, but the workers would not confirm why they were there. 

The major lighting problem is not on the road where the workers were, but right next to them on Youngblood Road. There are no streetlights there.

FOX 46 Charlotte showed you Wednesday morning on Good Day Charlotte just how dark that road is, especially at the time of the accident. 

Fox 46 Charlotte is also questioning if this bus stop should be moved, so that students wouldn’t have to cross a busy, dark street in the early morning hours and late afternoon. 

FOX 46 posed the question to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police on Wednesday.

“I’m not familiar enough with the layout over there.  I suspect some smarter people than me are looking at that as we speak. I suspect that’s a decision and a question you’d probably have to ask CMS,” said CMPD’s Rob Tufano.

CMS says there are roads that are designated as hazardous, and arrangements are made so that students do not cross the dangerous streets to get on the bus. 

Neighbors have also been telling us how dangerous the bus stop is, but apparently they haven’t reported that to CMS.

“I think the neighborhood will have to mobilize,” the community member said.

It may be the only way the community gets results and prevents another tragedy. 

After Tuesday’s accident, CMS says two “unsafe bus stop” complaints were filed, but before that, CMS says there hadn’t been a single complaint filed to them in the past two years about the bus stops along Youngblood Rd.

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