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Family of man killed on S. Claiborne wants lights turned back on

Memorial for Anthony Hickman Memorial for Anthony Hickman

NEW ORLEANS - The family of a man killed by a car on South Claiborne Avenue says his death could've been prevented. That particular stretch of road hasn't had street lights for months, and now, one councilwoman hopes to do something about it.

After erecting a cross near the intersection where he was killed, Anthony Hickman's family gathered in prayer.

"I know that my brother did not suffer when he was laying on that ground, because he died instantly. That was your doing, Father. God, I know he's with you now," said the victim's sister.

The 61-year-old was killed Monday night at about 7:15 while trying to cross South Claiborne Avenue at General Taylor Street. He's the second person to die this month at that intersection. A stretch of Claiborne is dark because of work being done by the city.

At the vigil, Hickman's niece, Tanya Hickman Lafayette said, "Do we have to lose more lives in order for us to get something done?".

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell showed up at the family's vigil to tell them she feels their pain. She also explained that the city is working on Claiborne, putting in new LED lights. A city spokesman says the project was supposed to be finished in August, but because of poor performance by the contractor hired to do the job, the city had to bring in another contractor, who will have the lights turned back on by the end of November. But Cantrell admits the city should've thought about how dark this stretch would be.

"Unfortunately, we just didn't do a good job at providing temporary lighting on this state highway. It's very dark at night, especially with the improvement of trees on our neutral ground," said Cantrell.

Tanya Hickman Lafayette adds, "At 7 p.m. it's pitch dark as if it's midnight around here. When the business lights go out, you can see nothing from corner to corner."

Now, Cantrell says she'll ask the Public Works Department and Department of Transit for temporary lighting for Claiborne. But Anthony Hickman's family says it's too late, because his life has already been lost.

Hickman lives just a few blocks away from where he was killed, and family members believe he may have been walking home when he was hit.

At this time, police have not charged the 17-year-old driver who struck him.

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