SCUSD, City of Sacramento team up to make crossing Fruitridge Road safer
SCUSD, the City of Sacramento and the West Campus High School community celebrated the operation of a new traffic signal on Fruitridge Road at a press conference held on Friday, May 9.
The installation of the new light at Fruitridge and 58th Street culminates a joint effort by the two agencies launched after West Campus student Michelle Murigi, 16, was fatally hit by a car in the intersection in January 2012.
Murigi, a junior, was crossing Fruitridge to catch a bus home after spending the afternoon volunteering with a mentoring program for students at Mark Twain Elementary School.
Subsequent to her death, five of Michelle’s friends and classmates started a petition to demand a traffic signal (www.facebook.com/58thAndFruitridge).
“I’m very proud of our students who kept this issue at the forefront and fought for change,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi said at the press conference. “I’d also like to thank the Murigi family for their diligence and hard work to make this signal happen.”
“This signal not only greatly improves the safety of this intersection for pedestrians and cyclists, it will stand as a lasting tribute to Michelle and her concern for others.”
Following the press conference, hundreds of West Campus students, many carrying photos of Murigi, walked to the corner of Fruitridge and 58th for an official lighting of the new signal.
In her remarks, Michelle Murigi’s mother, Mary, said her daughter’s memory will be served by the improved safety of the intersection.
“Every time the light goes red,” she said, “I will be seeing Michelle’s hand, asking all the drivers to stop. Every time the light goes green, I will be seeing Michelle, waving the drivers and saying it’s OK. You cannot kill another child here now.”
Also recognized at the event was the mother of 15-year-old Stephen Land, who was struck at the site on Dec. 18, 1964 and died a day later.