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Warning crosswalk lights demanded following the death of a 13-year-old

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 15 2013 10:26:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 08 2013 02:00:00 AM CDT
PARADISE, Calif. -

A family friend of the Millners is raising money to put in warning lights on Paradise crosswalks to prevent another deadly incident.

 The tragic news of 13-year-old Skyler Millner losing his life has inspired Candi Campbell, the mother of Millner's best friend, to try to make some changes around Paradise.

Campbell went door-to-door all day on Friday trying to raise some money.

“I have gone to every business from Skyway to Clark all the way to Magalia including lower Skyway in Chico,” said Campbell.

The reason why she says, is to give 13-year-old Skyler Millner a proper funeral and help out his family.

She got many gifts donated by some businesses around Paradise.

“If it was my child, I would want somebody doing the same thing,” said Campbell.

Millner lost his life last Sunday after he was hit by a car Friday inside the crosswalk on the Skyway right outside of Annie's Café.  The crosswalk where he was hit raised a huge concern for Campbell.  She said there are no warning lights at that crosswalk and nothing to alert drivers about pedestrians crossing the street.

“You have the yellow sign at the crosswalk.  There's no warning.  So, until you are right there you don't see the crosswalk so you may not know if someone is in the crosswalk,” said Campbell.

Campbell has spent her entire life in Paradise and she said she has seen a lot of close calls of people being hit by cars around Paradise.  One of her childhood friends was killed while crossing a road.

“My friend growing up was hit on Pearson Road crossing the Skyway.  He was struck by a car and killed,” said Campbell.

Now her efforts are focused on the Millner family.  Campbell has noticed the community of Paradise come together to help the Millners deal with the loss of their son.

“Our community is wonderful and we should be proud of each other,” said Campbell.

If you would like to help, Campbell will start raising money for the warning lights next week.

There will also be car wash at Rabo Bank from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in Paradise and both the Subway and Pile High Frozen Yogurt in Paradise are donating some of their proceeds to the Millner family on Saturday.