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    Schaerbeek to improve road markings after hit-and-run incident

    New road markings will be put on a busy Schaerbeek road junction where a hit-and-run incident took place last week. Credit: Google Street View

    The municipality of Schaerbeek will improve the pavement markings in a busy junction where a 14-year-old was critically injured in a hit-and-run incident that took place there last week.

    Municipal alderwoman for mobility, Adelheid Byttebier, confirmed that local authorities would go ahead with the road improvements, which had been approved before the hit-and-run took place, according to Belgian media.

    The changes concern the Chaussée de Helmet and the Rue Waelhem, a busy road junction also used by tramways and where last week a driver with no licence ran over a 14-year-old girl and fled the scene, leaving her severely injured.

    In order to improve mobility in the Brussels municipality, the new markings will give priority to vehicle traffic coming from the Chaussée de Helmet over those coming from Rue Waelhem.

    White strips will be added to make vehicles stop before reaching the tram rails, and red cycling lanes will also be painted onto the pavement.

    Since the incident on June 13, police have identified the suspect, who was provisionally released, but banned from driving, as he awaits being referred to court.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times