• December 25, 2014

Cove council hears from mother of girl killed trying to cross road

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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — The mother of 13-year-old Alyssa Martinez came before the Copperas Cove City Council on Tuesday night during the open citizen’s forum pleading for assistance.

The room was silent when Elsa Terranova addressed the council.

“I am coming to you for help. I lost my daughter on Jan. 4 when she was hit by a car on Farm-to-Market 1113. There are no sidewalks and no lighting in that area. I need your help to make it safer,” Terranova said, her voice shaking.

The section of road where the accident occurred falls in Coryell County, not Copperas Cove, said Kevin Keller, Copperas Cove public information officer.

There are no sidewalks along FM 1113, but they do exist in the nearby housing area on Avenue B.

He said those sidewalks were a project of the Texas Department of Transportation.

“The sidewalks constructed on West Avenue B have been very beneficial in providing safety for our citizens walking along that street,” he said.

City Manager Andrea Gardner told Terranova that she spoke to state officials since the accident occurred and requested that Terranova contact her at her office today.

Terranova said the issue is no longer about her daughter, but about all of the schoolchildren who gather on FM 1113 every morning before and after school.

“I would like to see sidewalks. If you pass Summers Road, there are bus stops from Bermuda to FM 1113, but there are no crosswalks. Kids have to walk down in the gutter or on the side where the cow pasture is,” Terranova said. “All ages of kids, at least 20 or more, gather at the bus stop every morning at 7 a.m. and again from 3 p.m to 4 p.m.”

Spc. Jerod Wade, Terranova’s fiance, said he would like to see the speed reduced from its current limit of 60 mph.

“There should be no reason for it to be that high until after you leave the residential area,” Wade said.

In other business, the council approved unanimously for the fire department to apply for several grants for training reimbursement.

The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce also reported its fourth-quarter revenue of $83,320 with $48,630 in expenses.

having hosted the Kris Kindl Markt, the city’s largest tourism event, along with the annual Christmas parade, H.O.T. Bowl, Small Business Saturday and Safe Trick or Treat.

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