Traffic light set up where a Florida child was hit on Halloween

Florida Highway Patrol says a small pickup truck failed to stop at the crosswalk and hit Dominick as he, his twin and his mother were crossing the street.

TRINITY, Fla. – A family’s healing continues as traffic changes are made to an area of ​​New Port Richey they chose to trick or treat in 2019.

“It was like the worst day of my life, you know? It all happened in a flash too,” Chris Keyes said.

He and his 6-year-old twins and his wife had been out on Halloween when their night was turned upside down in an instant.

“I thought all three of them got hit, but it was just Dom in the end,” Keyes said.

Florida Highway Patrol says a small pickup truck failed to stop at the crosswalk and hit Dominick as he, his twin and his mother were crossing the street.

“I got hit by a guy who was going too fast. He said he didn’t see the lights, but he didn’t see me and I got hit,” Dominick said.

Now 9 years old, he barely thinks about the day and what happened. But it’s a miracle he survived.

“He had fractured hips and a three inch gash from head to skull, his nose swelled, his gums blew out. They had to stitch them all back together. Other than that, just a few scratches and barely any bruises . It was kind of crazy,” Keyes said.

The intersection of Starkey Boulevard and Town Avenue in New Port Richey was not as well lit as it was at this time this year. Now there are LED lights at the four corners of the intersection. A new traffic light also brings new city street signs. The goal is to protect everyone.

“Just the lighting and all, it’s pretty amazing. They threw out big old intersection signage complete. I didn’t know what to expect or if they were going to do anything for the area,” said Keyes.

Authorities made the decision as surrounding neighborhoods continue to grow. Even if the changes are not directly related to the fact that Dominick was affected.

“Unfortunately it got the attention it needed to make people think it was time to change that. Let’s fix it,” Keyes said.

So now cheaters can feel more confident when going for candy.

Three years later, Dom’s scars are barely noticeable, but it’s a memory he says makes him stronger.

“Few children can survive being hit by a truck,” Dominick said.

The traffic light was officially installed in July. It became fully operational at the end of August this year.

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