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Citizens asking for improvements where a 7-year-old girl was killed

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Better lights, slower speed limits, and many other suggestions are pouring in as citizens are trying to find ways to make a crosswalk safer after a 7-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car.

Rachael Bick was killed when a driver turned out of Babler Elementary’s parking lot on Saturday. Police say the driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Residents are saying something needs to be done to make this road safer, and while this school community is focused on the well-being of students, Superintendent Eric Knost says it’s something to be looked into.

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“We haven’t had too many conversations about that just yet, but clearly Missouri 109 is a dangerous highway,” he said. That’s where Bick was struck and fatally injured. “It’s a two-lane highway. I don’t know if any of that had anything to do with any of this. Obviously, it was a freak accident, but we need to find a way to make something like this less likely to happen, we’re always open to that.”

Students and staff will be back in school on Monday and Knost says they will bring in additional grief counselors.

Editor’s note: Earlier versions of this story spelled Bick's first name as Rachel, per the original report from authorities. 

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