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Grieving Widow Pleads for Safer Street in Lincoln Park

The San Diego woman's husband, Ruben Meza, was killed on South 47th Street on the night of April 5

A grieving widow is asking the City of San Diego to make changes to a street in Lincoln Park after her husband was hit and left for dead in the middle of the busy road.

Ruben Mesa, 57, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the 1200 block of South 47th Street on Wednesday night.

His niece told NBC 7 the victim left behind a large family including his wife, kids, grandchildren, sisters and many friends.

"He was a great man," she said.

Two days later, Meza's loved ones are still in shock that his life was so suddenly taken in the hit-and-run, which happened close to his home.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Meza was walking across the street to go home to his apartment when he was hit. He had lived in the area with his wife for several years. 

His family members told NBC 7 that the road is not safe for pedestrians.

Neighbors couldn't agree more.

"It isn't safe. Not even for kids, grown-ups, anybody," said one local.

Meza's widow was too distraught Friday night to speak on camera but she wanted her plea to improve street safety in her neighborhood to be heard loud and clear. Her niece spoke on her behalf.

"That a wife is not asking for justice, she's asking for a change. This is about making a change in order for the accidents to stop," the niece told NBC 7.

Lincoln Park neighbors said they've started a petition in hopes of making this stretch of road a little safer.

The driver who hit Meza has still not been arrested. The investigation into the deadly hit-and-run is ongoing.

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