'It happened so quick'; Family of 7 year-old killed in crosswalk speaks
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CREATED Oct. 4, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It is an all too familiar tragedy in Tucson, but when a child is killed, it puts the problem in a whole new light.
Now, the family of our latest pedestrian accident victim pleads for everyone to slow down and pay attention.
He had bright eyes and a sweet smile.
"He was a smart, bright kid," said his dad Donald Foster.
Like many seven year-old boys, Simon Foster loved football, especially cheering on the Raiders and the 49ers.
"He would sit and he would watch the games with his dad and stepdad," said Simon's mom Laura Withrow.
"We always played catch. Played video games," said Foster.
Now, Foster hangs onto those memories, as he relives, over and over, the moment that stole his son.
"I was walking in the crosswalk," he said. "I did what I had to do and did the right thing."
Police say Sunday night, 31 year-old Saylee Solo was turning onto Speedway at Alvernon.
"We were holding each other's hands all of us," said Foster.
She was looking for cars, not for a family on foot.
"It happened so quick," he said.
The car hit Donald Foster first, throwing him and his daughter.
Within moments, the front tire went up and over little Simon.
"I am traumatized," said Foster. "I really don't want to believe that this has even happened, you know. Like, I'm not going to be able to see him again."
only escalating the pain, is the fact that Simon's parents know their son is just the latest in too long a line of pedestrian fatalities.
He was number 14 just this year.
They say it's time drivers took responsibility before another parent loses their little boy.
"Make sure every time that they're walking out that door, you hug them and you kiss them and you tell them that you love them," said Withrow. "That was the last thing I got to say to my son: 'I love you, be good, and I'll see you when you get back.'"
Saylee Solo received a misdemeanor citation for the accident.
Meanwhile Simon's family is working to raise money for his funeral.
You can donate by visiting any Wells Fargo branch. They have set up an account, named the 'Simon James Foster Memorial Fund'. The account number is 1853058475.