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Street where brothers were killed won't have sidewalks until 2015


Over a year after two young brothers died in West Charlotte, there are new calls to construct sidewalks at the side of the accident. Jeremy Brewton, 1, and Kadrien Pendergrass, 5, were killed in February 2012, after a Sears delivery truck hit the boys on West Tyvola Road and Shady Lane.

The driver of the truck, Dirk Jerome Brown, is facing trial this week in Charlotte. He's charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Just before the accident, the boys were with their father, Jeremy Brewton, and infant sister walking to a local school.

WBTV has learned, despite calls from city leaders, a sidewalk will not be complete until June 2015. We were there on March 24th, 2012 as Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield met with constituents to talk about the lack of sidewalks at the accident site. Just two days after that, Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the sidewalk project.

"They could make it a whole lot quicker if they wanted to," said neighbor James Gaddy.  

We went back to the area on May 2nd, but found no sidewalks and city records show there won't be for another two years. We asked the city's transportation department for a timeline.

A spokesperson says the city will start buying property in August 2013, with construction expected to begin in November 2014. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by June 2015.

"This is what we pay taxes for. For our kids to be safe and live in a safe environment," Gaddy said.

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