Signs reading “Slow down. Save a child” are still up near Main Street and St. Louis Avenue almost a year after 9-year-old Carter Vo was struck and killed by a vehicle.
The signs can be seen on traffic medians and residential lawns near where Vo’s death occurred.
According to police, the driver responsible for Vo’s death was Skokie resident Hanin Goma. It was later revealed that Goma, 23, had marijuana and amphetamines in her system at the time of the incident, police said.
The incident occurred about a block away from John Middleton Elementary School. Following the crash, the village assembled a committee to look at traffic data and make recommendations on how to improve safety near the school. A traffic-engineering firm was also hired to conduct traffic pattern studies.
Fast-forward to today, and the village board has approved a $308,687 bid to install several traffic signals at Main Street and Central Park Avenue. At Monday's board meeting, officials said that Lake Villa-based Home Towne Electric Inc. was the lowest and most responsible bidder. It is unclear when the traffic signal construction will begin.
“This was criminal conduct,” trustee Randy Roberts said. “You can have all the traffic signals in the world and someone runs and disobeys them and drives recklessly. That doesn’t mean we can’t try and do better.”