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Dearborn Heights — The death of a Dearborn Heights youth in October has pushed residents to call for city officials to raise safety standards around school district zones.

Joseph Smith, a 12-year-old student in Dearborn Heights District No. 7, was returning home from a football game at Annapolis High School on the night of Oct. 14 when he was hit by a vehicle near Pardee Avenue and Annapolis Street.

At the time of the crash, police said they were investigating the case.

“The driver of the Jeep involved was fully cooperative, staying on scene as required by law and cooperating with law enforcement,” Dearborn Heights police Chief Jerrod Hart told The Detroit News in October. “Per investigators, it does not appear the driver committed any traffic violations, and this is a tragic loss of life.”

Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, told The Detroit News on Friday charges did not appear to have been filed in the case.

Dearborn Heights police did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

This month, another student was hit in a school zone while crossing Canterbury Street near Whittington Street in Dearborn’s south end, which is about a five-minute drive from where Joseph was hit. The Edsel Ford High School student was expected to make a full recovery. A person has been arrested in the incident.

The district, with Westwood and Crestwood school districts and the Mayor’s Office, has established a Dearborn Heights School Safety Commission to assess needs and services to enhance safety and prevention measures for the community. 

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