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Mother of teen killed crossing street may sue Lemon Grove

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 09:38:56-04

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (KGTV) — The mother of a 13-year-old boy killed crossing San Miguel Avenue in Lemon Grove may sue the city for not making the street safer.

Tanya Harris, whose son Trevon died in May, filed a claim against the city of Lemon Grove for allegedly ignoring continuing issues on the two-lane road.

On May 3, Trevon was crossing the street after visiting a friend's house when he was hit by a car and killed.

Tanya and Trevon's brother, Ty, who is only nine, arrived to see him lifeless on the asphalt.

"When I came up on the road, I immediately saw the body on the road," Tanya said. "When I pulled over, I ran out because I knew it was my child's body that was on the ground."

Tanya says Trevon had an infectious smile and had dreams of playing professional basketball.

Tanya and Ty are now in grief counseling, which Tanya said is helping.

Meanwhile, San Miguel Avenue remains a two-lane road, and the area Trevon was hit doesn't have any speed bumps or stop signs. That's the basis for the claim, which accuses the city of ignoring the risks for years.

"It has gravel all over it, and divots and pots, which causes drivers to skid and slide" said Rhonda Holmes, an attorney representing Tanya Harris. "More importantly, people are known to speed down that road."

Lemon Grove City Manager Lydia Romero said the city can't comment on pending litigation.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said its traffic investigator found no fault on the part of the driver, and that Trevon darted out into traffic.

Tanya wants the city of Lemon Grove to install speed bumps or stop signs by next month, when San Miguel Elementary School starts.

The school, which Ty attends, is just steps from where Trevon was hit and killed.