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Pedestrian light being installed at site of fatal crash

A School District 36 staff member comforts one victim after three teenage girls were hit by a motorcycle in the 6900-block of 128 Street on Sept. 18, 2013. - Leader file photo
A School District 36 staff member comforts one victim after three teenage girls were hit by a motorcycle in the 6900-block of 128 Street on Sept. 18, 2013.
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Five months after a teenage girl was killed while walking across a road in Newton, the city is installing a set of pedestrian lights at the accident location.

On Sept. 18, 2013, Amarpreet Sivia, 16, was walking across 128 Street at 69 Avenue, near Princess Margaret Secondary School – where she was a student – when a motorcycle hit her and two other girls.

Sivia did not survive the accident.

In wake of the accident, there was a new call for a lighted crosswalk at that location.

In July 2011, the City of Surrey embarked on a study of the engineering requirements of all school areas within the city. That included the strip along 128 Street that serves Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Princess Margaret Secondary where the collision occurred.

The study concluded that a crosswalk would be needed just south of 72 Avenue on 128 Street, according to Surrey's General Manager of Engineering Vincent LaLonde.

The study found there was a high amount of pedestrian traffic at 72 Avenue (where there's a lighted crossing) and also at 70 Avenue, which both have commercial areas that attract students.

The determination was to build a crosswalk 150 metres south of 72 Avenue in 2014.

The initial investigation, police said, has indicated the driver was in the slow lane when it changed lanes and went around another vehicle before colliding with the students.

The investigation continues.

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