A petition to place a traffic light at the intersection of El Camino Real and Avenida San Luis Rey in San Clemente, where a 6-year-old boy was killed earlier this week, has gathered more than 300 signatures, a local resident heading the signature drive said Thursday.
The drive for signatures began Tuesday morning, the day after Miguel Palacios was hit by a pickup truck while in a crosswalk on El Camino Real. Miguel's 7-year-old sister, Sandra, and his cousin, Dianna Fajardo, 8, were also hit by the truck. Dianna remains in critical condition while Sandra's condition has improved to serious. Both are being treated at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.
Mike Razor, 32, a San Clemente resident involved in the petition effort, said about 300 names had been gathered by Wednesday evening. Most of the petition forms that had been handed out were still circulating, he said.
"We are politely trying to ask the City Council to do something immediately," said Razor, an engineer, who added that he has seen a number of "close calls" at the corner. Razor said the petitions would be presented to the City Council at Wednesday's meeting.