- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A resident of a mobile home park has launched a fundraising campaign for a playground after a 2-year-old Rapid City boy was fatally struck by a pickup truck while walking on a roadway.

Sonya Harrison launched the fundraising campaign to get Country Village Estates a playground, in hopes of averting future accidents, the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1RiezdL ) reported. She’s seeking to raise $12,000 and has created a GoFundMe account.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol has said Seth Brien was walking in the roadway in February next to a 3-year-old girl riding a tricycle when they were both hit by the truck. The boy died at the scene, and the girl was injured.

The mobile home park doesn’t have playground equipment, and it hasn’t had somewhere for children to play in the 11 years of Harrison living there.

The playground would double as a memorial to the boy. Harrison has picked out equipment, gotten permission from property managers to raise funds, and has a spot picked out in the mobile home park’s northwest corner.

Harrison, who doesn’t have children, said there’s a need for a place for children to play in the area, and that it isn’t uncommon to see kids playing on or near the road.

“All you can do is tell them, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t be out here,’” she said. “It’s really hard. I know when I was a kid we played in the ditches, but back then it wasn’t too bad. It’s just sad that playing near the road is the most fun thing for these kids to do.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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