Meeting tonight to discuss Lantana crosswalk

Lantana fresh water supply district officials have called a special meeting tonight to discuss pedestrian safety at the intersection of Lantana Trail and Stacee Lane.

Last Wednesday, an 8-year-old Lantana girl was knocked off her bicycle by a vehicle while crossing Lantana Trail on her way to Blanton Elementary School, according to the Denton County Sheriff’s Department. She was not seriously injured.

The main cause of the accident was listed on the police report as impaired visibility. The 16-year-old male driver told police that his windshield was fogged over and he failed to see the bicyclist.  Driver inattention and failure to maintain speed may have also contributed to the incident, the report stated.  No charges were filed against the driver.

The FWSD installed pedestrian-activated crosswalk signs in fall 2010 and a school zone this past January due to previous safety concerns, but now some residents are calling for more measures, including the addition of crossing guards and adding 3-way stop signs.

Although the intersection is in District #7, board members from both District #6 and #7 will vote on the issue, since children from both districts use the crosswalk.

Residents will have the ability to express their opinions at the beginning of the meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the FWSD district office, 2650 FM 407 E, Suite 125, Bartonville, TX 76226.


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