Video: Zachary Cruz's Father Launches for Road Safety

By Eleni Gill (Berkeleyside)

On Tuesday, Frank Cruz called on people everywhere to drive more safely and to think about the danger distracted or reckless drivers pose to pedestrians.

Watch: In video above, Frank Cruz talks about his son’s death and the need for safer driving. 

The request came from Cruz’s heart — his 5-year-old son, Zachary, was killed in Berkeley after he was struck by a vehicle on a crosswalk at Warring and Derby streets, nine years ago yesterday.

On the anniversary of his son’s death, Frank Cruz, along with Zachary’s grandmother, Beverly Shelton, and his siblings, Miles and Frank Alexander, as well as supporters from the community, organized an awareness event at the intersection where the little boy lost his life. Holding signs up to passing motorists, they were joined by officers from the Berkeley Police Traffic Bureau who held a traffic enforcement operation funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The day also marked the launch, by the Zachary Michael Cruz Foundation, of a pedestrian safety awareness campaign in Zachary’s honor called Drive Like Your Kid Died Here.

Via Berkeleyside

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