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Lafayette City Council to Discuss Traffic Safety With School Officials, Public After Deadly Accident

LAFAYETTE (BCN) -- The Lafayette City Council will host a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the issues with pedestrian and bicycle safety in town, three weeks after Stanley Middle School crossing guard Ashley Dias was struck and killed by a driver as he moved children out of the way in a crosswalk on Sept. 8.

Dias was hailed by many for his heroic actions that saved a child's life.

"I met one of the fathers in the hospital. And he said, 'Your son saved my daughter's life.' He said she stopped but he walked in front to stop the car and the car just knocked him over and dragged him underneath," his mother Gloria Dias told KPIX.

"This man saved another student's life. There's no doubt about that or it appears there is no doubt about that," said school aid Sherrie Foley the day after the deadly incident.

The council will be joined by members of the Acalanes Union High School and the Lafayette School District governing boards, superintendents from both districts, Lafayette's city manager, police chief, and engineering services manager.

At Monday's council meeting, Lafayette City Manager Niroop Srivatsa gave an update of plans and projects already underway at and around Burton Valley Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary, Springhill Elementary, Acalanes High, and pedestrian crossing improvements near private school St. Perpetua.

City officials also went through traffic enforcement issues and the timeframe for various upcoming projects.

Wednesday's meeting is meant to give the public an opportunity to offer feedback to city and school officials

The virtual meeting starts at 6 p.m. and can be viewed on YouTube. Interested participants can join the meeting on Zoom with passcode 793126 or by phone at 1-669-900-9128, webinar ID 850 0122 8271, passcode 793126.

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