MIAMI (CBS4) – Jonathan Morrow’s mother Thelma is lying in intensive care after she was hit by a car while crossing the street near Northwest 7th Avenue and 59th Street last week.

“I took her through so much, I have that guilt on my heart right now if I do lose my mother,” Morrow told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

Morrow isn’t upset with the driver who hit her. In fact that driver now visits her in the hospital.

“He said he didn’t see my mama until he was right up on her,” said Morrow.

The driver said he didn’t see her in part because the street lights on Northwest Seventh Avenue were out. It was so dark that night that emergency crews had to bring in outside lighting to do their jobs.

Copper thieves destroyed a three mile stretch of streetlights on Seventh Avenue weeks ago.

“It’s dark, like the hurricane hit and all the lights are out, it’s dark down there,” said Morrow.

But just one day after his mother’s accident, County crews got to work fixing the lights in her neighborhood.

“The next day we went out there it was lit up like a Christmas tree out there,” said Morrow.

“It’s a good thing they’re cracking into it now, ’cause it could probably save more lives or something like that, but to me I think it’s too late. My mama, she already in the hospital now.”

Public Works says it has now fixed all the County-owned street lights that were out after the copper thefts.

County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson is hoping to prevent the thefts from happening again, by creating a copper task force. Tuesday, a committee voted to move the task force forward to the full commission for a vote.

The task force will focus on including the scrap yard industry, to prevent businesses from buying stolen copper.

“If we can come up with some type of idea that would help prevent or make it more difficult to steal this wiring, as well as penalties,” said Commissioner Edmonson.

The tenants in the Edison Towers apartments on Seventh Avenue hope the task force has teeth. They say the streetlight issue has long plagued their area and they say state-owned lights are still out all over the neighborhood.

“It upsets me ’cause I hate to see anybody get hurt or killed, and it could’ve been avoided, it could’ve been avoided. It didn’t have to happen,” said resident James Stubbs.

Even though the lights in front of their building are back on, the Edison Towers tenants are so concerned about this issue and the other non-functioning lights in the area that they are holding a community meeting Wednesday night to demand answers from State and County leaders.

Comments (2)
  1. SKIPPER-VIBES says:

    THE STREETS LIGHTS ON 7AVE HAD BEEN OUT FOR MONTHS, MAYBE A YEAR ARE SO, I FOR ONE THOUGHT THE CITY WAS TURNING THEM OFF, THOSE LIGHTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIX LONG TIME AGO, IT’S A SHAME THAT IT TOOK SOME ONE GETTING HURT AN THE NEWS MEDIA REPORT FOR THE LIGHTS TO GET FIX. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT I SEE IN MY COMMUNITY THAT NEED FIXING THAT OUR SO CALL LEADERS SEEM TO IGNORE THEY SEEM TO BE ALL ABOUT THE UPPER CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD THAN THE LOWER CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU WOULD NOT SEE THESE THINGS ON FLAGLER STREET NOR COCONUT GROVE ARE EVEN ACROSS 36STREET.

  2. Asuzena says:

    It’s a non-issue, all right, but for a dfnfereit reason: If Couric was trying to (1) attract conservative viewers and (2) achieve some semblance of balance by throwing right-wingers a bone, she failed laughably on both counts. The first several minutes of tonight’s newscast could have passed for the latest Democratic Party campaign ad. We got the latest Al Qaeda video (it’s bad for the president, we’re told), falling presidential poll numbers (that’s bad for the president, too), interviews with people in a North Carolina diner who don’t like Bush (also bad for the president), an interview with a military man who used to like Bush but doesn’t anymore (which is bad for the president), Tony Blair’s departure (guess what that means for the president?) and … gosh, is there a pattern emerging here? Oh sure, Katie and the gang took a break with a piece of chickified news on shots for little girls, but criminey — this is how perky Katie shakes up a staid format? By the time Limbaugh came on, it was like trying to save the Titanic by moving a few deck chairs over to the other side of the ship. Rush made his points reasonably well, but in all honesty, Ann Coulter has offered zingier criticisms of Democrats on the topic of patriotism (posing the question of — not a direct quote here — What part of the war on terrorism do you support when you oppose wiretapping terrorist phone calls, jailing enemy combatants at Guantanamo and so forth?).At any rate, Couric has done nothing that will significantly alter anyone’s perception of See B.S. News. Bush bashers will continue to get their CBS spoon-feeding, and Bush lovers will — having given Couric a look — flip back to Fox News at 6:30 p.m. (In fact, I suspect that the ratings nosedived after Limbaugh’s segment ended, with approximately half the audience tuning out.)I’d suggest that CBS News change its theme song to: “Meet the new boss — same as the old boss.”