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Friends, family plead for change after boy’s death


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Residents along South Pearl Street say they need the city to step up and implement measures to slow down traffic along the stretch of road before another young life is taken.

The calls for action come after 7-year-old Qazir Sutherland was struck by a car Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Residents tell the NEWS CENTER speeding in the area has been an on-going issue for them -- and they say they're fed up. Although a sign is already up along the street warning drivers that children are at play, residents say drivers can't see it because it is not set up along the street properly.

Community members voiced their concern Monday night by signing a petition to fix the problem before another young life is taken.

"On Father's Day, I received a phone call that my son was hit," Sutherland's father told the common council Monday night. "I thought, maybe he got just scraped or a bump. When the ambulance got the hospital and brought my son into emergency room, he was fighting for his life. There was no coming back."

Overtaken by emotion, family and friends begged the city to do something about that area along South Pearl where Qazir died.

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