Motion sensors installed at crosswalk where mother died

Woman didn't push button for faith reasons

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Orly and Ester Ohayon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation on Wednesday installed two motion sensors at the crosswalk at San Jose and Haley Road in Mandarin where a mother was killed and her daughter injured when they were hit by a car last month.

Esther Ohayon was killed while crossing San Jose on her way to Yom Kippur services. Her daughter, Orly, is recovering from her injuries.  For faith reasons, they did not push the crosswalk button to extend the light before crossing.

FDOT spokesman Mike Goldman said the sensors will pick up the motion of pedestrians and the light will change automatically.

Pedestrians will have 44 seconds to cross, and there will be a countdown screen so pedestrians will know how much time is left.

The sensors are in use at only one other location -- in Orlando.

The company that manufactures them approached FDOT about installing them at Haley Road on a trial basis, Goldman said.

There could be as many as eight sensors at the intersection, costing $2,000 each.

FDOT will check with the rabbi of Etz Chaim Synagogue to see if they work to his satisfaction.

The rabbi said he was grateful that the situation is being addressed and he wants to investigate himself and talk to FDOT about the intersection.

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