By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The family of a 17-year-old girl who was killed last month by a hit-and-run driver along Roosevelt Boulevard has hired an attorney.

They rallied on Thursday as they evaluate a lawsuit.

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Markaylah Jackson was set to graduate from high school on June 14th. But the night before, after getting off of work, she was struck.
“She was in the pedestrian crosswalk by all indications walking on a clean traffic signal,” says Attorney Dean Weitzman. “When a vehicle traveling north on Roosevelt Boulevard was taking that right hand turn onto Adams Avenue at a high rate of speed struck her in the cross walk.”

Weitzman represents the family and says Jackson was thrown over 100 feet to her death. He claims there have been over 45 accidents at the intersection near Adams and the city should have done more to protect them:

“We believe the time has come long past for the city to redesign that intersection.”

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Weitzman says he’s hired experts to evaluate whether a lawsuit is viable and to raise awareness:

“Make that intersection safer for other people who are still using it.”

PennDOT did not respond to KYW Newsradio’s request for comment.

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