BOONE - Confusion over 7-year-old Taron Coty's condition arose Friday after he was hit by a car Wednesday night.
According to Iowa State Patrol, Coty was hit by 20-year-old Connor Rigby of Madrid just before 10 p.m. on Hawkeye Drive when he was walking to Kum and Go with a few other people. They say it is unlikely Rigby saw Coty because he was wearing dark clothing. There isn't enough adequate lighting on the street or sidewalks either.
ISP said Coty was pronounced dead Thursday morning, however officials with Mercy Hospital said Friday afternoon he was in critical condition on life support while his parents decide whether or not they want to donate his organs. As of 5:50 p.m. Friday, Coty was pronounced dead.
People in the area of Hawkeye Drive are calling for more streetlights and an implementation of sidewalks. Another woman, Riann Behm, was struck and killed on the same street back in 2012.
"It's a really busy area," said Candi Lee. "They need to extend the sidewalks and make lighting because for a driver, it's dark anyway."
City council member Steven Ray said the issue wasn't looked into after Behm's death.
"I don't recall that we discussed the fatality a few years back, and probably because it was the first one," he said. "It's a tragedy, particularly when it involves a young child. That's heartbreaking for anybody."
Ray said Boone City Council will look into a traffic study and the cost of installing lights. The sidewalks could be tricky as the land is privately owned.
"I share the concerns with everybody, I've seen everything on social media. I think the community is warranted in being concerned," he said.
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