TAMPA — The city Thursday secured the privately held land needed to build a sidewalk along the section of N 43rd Street where a pregnant mother was killed last month.
City Council members voted unanimously to accept a donation of the 207-foot-long, 10-foot-wide strip from the Rosalia Urso Revocable Family Trust.
With the land in the city's possession, construction of a sidewalk on the west side of 43rd Street could begin within "a couple of weeks" and is expected to take less than two weeks to complete, city transportation manager Jean Dorzback said.
East Tampa residents and council members have been pressing for a sidewalk since the Nov. 16 accident that killed 27-year-old Monica Alvarez.
Alvarez died after being struck from behind by a car as she and her friend Shantia Little pushed their baby girls in strollers down a darkened 43rd Street, which lacks sidewalks.
Alvarez, who was six months pregnant, died. Her son, Angel, was delivered by emergency caesarean section but lived only an hour. Her 1-year-old daughter, Imani Golden, suffered serious head and lung injuries.
Police have said the driver, Daryl Oliver, 25, had his headlights on, did not appear to be traveling at an excessive speed and immediately pulled over and called 911.