TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo Police have wrapped up an investigation into a teenager hit and killed by a vehicle on Hill Avenue at Torrington. Toledo's Police Chief says no evidence of wrongdoing was found on the part of the vehicle’s driver and no charges will be filed. The investigation included witness interviews, accident scene reconstruction, and a review of phone records.
"We looked at phone records. We forensically looked at her phone to make sure it wasn't a distracted driving incident," said Toledo Police Chief George Kral.
The fatal accident happened in October. Police say Romear Cavitt, 16, was hit by a car heading westbound on Hill. Authorities identified the driver as 27-year-old pregnant woman with five juveniles as passengers in hew van. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police say the teen was not crossing in a crosswalk.
During community meetings following the accident, concerns were raised regarding lighting, speed enforcement, and traffic signals. In response, Hill Avenue between Byrne Road and Reynolds Road will be the next location in Toledo where LED street lights will be installed. The city plans to eventually convert all street lights to LED.
The lighting improvements, approximately 41 LED street lights, will be installed by the end of January 2019. While speed was determined not to be a factor in this accident, two speed assessment studies are now being conducted to determine if the speed limit should be changed and if speed cameras will be added to the stretch of Hill Avenue near Wenz Road. The speed assessments should be completed by early 2019. Finally, a traffic signal study was conducted for the intersection of Hill Avenue and Wenz Road. The intersection did not meet federal and state requirements to establish a new traffic signal or crosswalk. Please find attached the traffic study report for Hill Avenue and Wenz Road.