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LED lights going up on West Cervantes after deadly hit-and-run crash

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - New lights are being installed along a busy Pensacola road where a woman and baby died last week after being run over. 

When it's all said and done, there will be 72 bright LED lights on West Cervantes Street between A Street and Mobile Highway. 

"This should have been done a long time ago," Patricia Colley said. "It's very sad that happened to them because they were in a dark area when it happened."

This comes less than a week after someone in a white Dodge Challenger struck and killed 8-month-old Neariahh Baldwin and a family friend, Nephateria Williams.

Police are still looking for the car and the driver. Colley says the drivers should pay more attention too. 

"Majority of the cars are going too fast on Cervantes and they need to slow down," she said. 

Colley was picking up her grandchild and others from Brownsville Community Center summer program. Inside this morning, state and local leaders came together to talk about the safety improvements. 

"The way I look at this project, this is a replace and install," Gulf Power Western District General Manager Keith Hoskins said. "There are lights currently on Cervantes that are not working. Gulf Power crews are out right now replacing those lights."

When asked why those non-working lights he mentioned haven't been fixed, no one could answer. 

Gulf Power officials say the lights that were installed Monday and Tuesday mornings should be working immediately and all the lights will be working as they are installed. It should all be complete by the end of August. 


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