A group of concerned West Side residents and city officials got together Wednesday night to discuss how to keep pedestrians safe on Culebra Road. 

A few people have died in recent months on the stretch of Culebra from Northwest 24th Street to Interstate 10.

Residents like Yolanda Gomez believe something needs to be done to save lives.

"They don't stop, they just keep on going," said Gomez.

Gomez was just one of several residents who attended the neighborhood meeting that addressed the dangers.   

In attendance was District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

"When a person is driving down Culebra, it looks like a highway, a driver feels like going fast," said Gonzales.

Gonzales said in the last three months, there have been three fatalities on Culebra from Zarzamora to 36th Street.  Last October, Sharon Ledesma was killed while crossing Culebra with her two children.  The mother of three pushed her children forward trying to get them out of harm's way. 

Gonzales said possibly adding more street lights, lowering the speed limit and adding more crosswalks could help. 

"One of the greatest problems exists is when a pedestrian really needs to cross the street, but the nearest crosswalk is three blocks away or five blocks away, it's too far for a pedestrian to walk to cross the street, and then to walk the additional blocks back, " said Gonzales.

Longtime residents feel it is a step in the right direction.

"We are people, we are humans, we deserve safety our kids deserve safety , " said resident Charlie Mata.

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