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Pedestrian signs erected in Virginia Beach (VA) after pedestrian's death

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A week after pedestrian Arnold Lee Jones was killed in a tragic accident on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, city officials have erected pedestrian signs on the busy road.

Eight signs have been installed on the 1.5-mile stretch of Shore Drive from First Landing State Park west to the Lesner Bridge, WAVY-TV reports.

The much-needed improvements come after Jones’s death at the hands of a driver who is known to police but who hasn’t been publicly identified or charged.

The crash, on Oct. 21, comes less than six months after the victim’s younger brother Isiah Jones was senselessly shot to death at Lynnhaven Crossing Shopping Center in Virginia Beach. My genuine condolences go out to the family.

Arnold Lee Jones, 21, lived in the 3700 block of Dupont Circle in Virginia Beach, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He was struck by someone driving a 2001 Toyota Spyder MR2 sports car.

Jones, who was struck in the 2900 block of Shore Drive – about a mile and a half from home – and suffered severe head injuries, WAVY reported. He died at an area hospital two days later.

Jones, known as “Dobbie,” was a student at Tidewater Community College and also coached at Fame All-Star Cheerleading, according to his obituary published in The Pilot. Jones was born Dec. 31, 1987 in Oakland, Calif.

"We’re hoping to alert the motoring public to watch for pedestrians crossing mid-block, especially mid-block, and also a campaign to slow down and watch for pedestrians crossing,” city traffic engineer Mike Shahsiah told WAVY. “It’s all for traffic safety."

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