Hit-and-run death of 80-year-old Tulsa woman could spur safety changes in city streets

A Tulsa family is calling for change along Cherry Street.

JoAnn Carlson was the victim of a hit-and-run while using a crosswalk on December 15. She died a week later.

"If an autoped accident happens, the pedestrian is the one who suffers," said Carlson's granddaughter, Josie Carlson.

Carlson, 80, said she would like to see the crosswalks marked more distinctly.

Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing agrees.

"It's a black eye on what is one of the most exciting things happening in the city," Ewing said of the hit-and-run.

Ewing tells 2NEWS that he will try to have money allocated in this year's city budget for pedestrian improvements along Cherry Street.

He is also looking ahead to the next budget.

"The hope is that in the city's budget, next year, we can get some money allocated to
doing some things along Cherry Street," he said.

Ewing would like to see some improvements to the area come out of the new Fix Our Streets package, which could go to voters in the fall.

"You can count on me to be stubborn about it, that we've got to do a better job in our pedestrian friendly neighborhoods," he said.

The person who hit Carlson has not been found. Police are looking for a light-colored sedan with a broken windshield.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS.

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