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Councilman working to make road in Clarksville safer for pedestrians

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a busy Clarksville roadway Sunday night. Now, local lawmakers say they're working to make the area safer.

William Leftwich, 20, was walking on Arrowood Drive in Clarksville when he was struck by an SUV and killed around 9:20 p.m. Sunday.

Police say the lack of street lighting and his dark clothes proved to be a very dangerous combination, and the driver who hit him said he did not see Leftwich until it was too late. Drugs or alcohol are not considered to be factors in the crash.

Councilman James Lewis, whose district includes Arrowood Drive, says he's concerned about the lack of street lights because a lot of people walk along this stretch of road.

"We are actually going to put sidewalks down this street and light it up," Lewis said.

Arrowood Drive is about a mile long with a subdivision at one end and retail stores on the other and is heavily traveled by both cars and pedestrians.

With no sidewalks or street lighting, Lewis says the pedestrians using the road are at risk.

It may take some time before any temporary lighting is installed, but in the meantime, Lewis says pedestrians and drivers alike should use a lot of caution.

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