Families Say Marysville Intersection Near School is Dangerous, They Want Improvements

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MARYSVILLE --

Four years after a 9-year-old Marysville girl was killed crossing the street, a 6-year-old-boy was hit by a bus at the very same intersection.

Neighbors and family members of both children say it's more than a coincidence. They say the city's not doing enough to make certain intersections safe.

Today, Julianna Hopkins would be 14 years old, starting high school soon. Instead, all Nicole Anderson has of her niece are memories, pictures and the memorial on the corner of 17th and Huston where she died.

"Really, really devastating. It was two days before her 10th birthday," said Anderson.

Nine-year-old Julianna died in 2011 after a car turned and hit her as she crossed the street on her way to school. No charges were filed against the driver.

Julianna's family believes the intersection is unsafe.

"Nothing has been done about it at all. So it would be nice if there were some kind of justice," said Anderson.

"There was a stop sign. The lady didn't stop and she ran me over," said 6-year-old Zane Tinsley.

His memory differs from the CHP account, but Friday Zane was hit by a school bus at the very same intersection where Julianna died.

"I was like, really, really...thought the worst. I thought the worst," said Katrina Tinsley, Zane's mother.

Neither family thinks it's coincidental.

"It's only two blocks away from the school, there could be an extra crosswalk," Tinsley said.

"There is a plan for that intersection," said Marysville Mayor Ricky Samayoa.

He says since Julianna's death, the city has partnered with schools in the area to add more crosswalks near schools. However, nothing has changed at the intersection where her death occurred.

"I just wear this necklace with her ashes in it," said Anderson.

Julianna's family is working to ensure her legacy lives on, and that no one else gals victim to a needless death because of an unsafe section of road.

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