Memorial dedicated to Rideau hit-and-run victim

Family and friends of Yvonne Hendrikx gathered this afternoon to lay fresh flowers at a new memorial erected today in memory of the hit-and-run victim.

Hendrikx was walking to work when she was struck by a tractor trailer on February 21 at the corner of Rideau and Waller.

Concerned community members were also at the memorial dedication, calling for improvements to pedestrian safety.

"It frustrates me that 10 people can die and that counts for nothing. A death does not have any impact on the city's planning on this," said Martha Scott, one of the residents who attended the dedication.

"So, I'd like to see metal barriers, I'd like to see ... the trucks being forced to sop way back and then a complete right of way for pedestrians," she said.

The city reviews intersections to make improvements but Councillor Diane Deans says if residents want to see pedestrian priority crossings they'll have to step up pressure on the city.

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