Friends and neighbors of Thomas Labetti, the West Islip 15-year-old killed after he was struck by an SUV while riding his bike on Sept. 11, are lobbying to get signatures on a petition to install a traffic light and crosswalk on the road where the accident occurred.
The Change.org petition, which has 92 supporters as of 3:30 p.m. Friday, requests Islip Town Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas Owens make Udall Road safer for pedestrians by installing a light and crosswalk near the Sunrise Highway intersection.
Community member Nanci DeLucia initiated the petition following the teen's passing on Thursday.
The petition reads: "Udall road is a danger to our children. The residential strip has become the site of a tragic event and a traffic light with crosswalk can help prevent accidents and keep pedestrians safer."
No criminal charges have been filed against the driver of the Tahoe, 34-year-old Dennis A. Grabhorn Jr., of West Islip.
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In signing the petition, supporters state they fear for their children's safety and aim to prevent another tragedy.
"My son was friends with Tom and this was an avoidable tragedy," wrote Desiree Aiello.
"I have teenage kids who ride their bikes and I am concerned for their safety," wrote Mary Kane.
"Udall Road is a long and busy street. An additional light and crosswalk will slow the speed of traffic making this very residential section of town safer for all," wrote Melissa Seaberg.
Patch will provide updates on the outcome of the petition.