Wendy Henry: Mother celebrating funding for Port St. Lucie sidewalks following son's deadly accident

State funding to pay for 28 miles of sidewalks

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Friday marked the eight month anniversary that 16-year-old Hunter Henry was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bike to school in Port St. Lucie.

His mother, Wendy Henry, says of that time, the last few weeks have been some of the hardest because of the holidays.

His memorial is still in place and frequently added on to at the crash site on Tiffany Ave.

Wendy drives by it several times each week, noticing there still is no sidewalk. She says if there had been, her son may still be alive.

"This I know is something I can't fix or change, but I can push to have it fixed or changed," Henry said.

She has taken pictures and notes drawn by local elementary students to the mayor's office, asking for more sidewalks to be built.

Now, the city has secured more funding to do so, and avoid more deadly accidents.

The city has secured just more than $13 million to fund the construction of 28 miles of sidewalk in the city.

Several sidewalk projects could be completed as soon as March. That includes sidewalk installations on Melaleuca Blvd. and Savona Blvd.

The street where Henry's son was killed is not on a priority list, but it is on a wish list should more funding become available.

For Henry, just having the street recognized for having a need is a step in the right direction.

"I've had friends, I've had people I don't know come up to me and say my child was hit, my granddaughter was killed," said Henry.

Henry says she's not alone in wanting safe walkways for their children.

The city is still waiting for funding for about 22 more miles of sidewalks.

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