WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) – At a vigil on Sunday for a 5-year-old child killed by a car in Worcester, the girl’s mother and local officials called for action to prevent further deaths.
Candice Asare-Yeboah and her mother were hit by a car as they crossed Stafford Street in Worcester earlier this month. The crash, which is still under investigation, left Asare-Yeboah in intensive care and she died last week.
“Last month was very uncertain. When she was in intensive care we kept praying, we hoped she would wake up,” said Asha Nyarki Asare, Candice’s mother.
Asha is now in a wheelchair and struggling to sleep due to the trauma of the accident and the loss of her daughter, she said. Asha and dozens of community members came to a vigil at the crash site on Sunday, and Councilman Etel Haxhiaj said the city must prevent future deaths.
“Having a five-year-old cross the street and lose his life is an avoidable tragedy,” Haxhiaj said. “As a parent, as a resident, as a city councillor, I simply cannot accept more deaths on the streets of our city. Whether it’s young people, dependent on walking, or someone in a wheelchair or someone with low vision, this should bring urgency to everyone.
“If anything could be done, more education on speeding, lights, anything that would be safe for other kids so they don’t experience what I’m going through. Other families don’t have to go through what I’m going through right now,” Asha said.
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