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Girl's death prompts community outcry over Route 248

PALMER TWP., Pa. - "Enough is enough!"

That's what people who live near Route 248 in Palmer Township are saying after 12-year-old Emma Raymondo was struck and killed there in September.

“It doesn't get easier. It's been a little over a month. And it feels like a nightmare and I haven't even woken up yet,” said Emma’s mother Kayleen.

It was standing room only at a meeting in Palmer Township Tuesday night and the concerns about reckless driving along Route 248 and noise from customers at local businesses dominated the conversation.

“It's not unusual to see 60, 80 mph down Route 248,” complained Palmer Township resident Al Cooper, adding, “we need more police presence on 248.”

Many of the complaints revolved around the Sheetz gas station on 248.

Residents say teenagers hang out there late at night and they a nuisance and they've become dangerous.

“I've had tire tracks in my front yard. I live right catty corner to Sheetz,” Cooper explained.

Now the community and some township officials agree something has to be done.

Neighbors want to see the speed limit of 45 mph lowered and rumble strips added to the road.

Parents shouldn't have to live in fear for their kids being killed up here. It's nonsense,” said resident Paige Maitland.

Another bone of contention for residents is Sheetz’s request to sell alcohol at the store.

In response Sheetz corporation released this statement:

"At Sheetz, we are dedicated to being good neighbors to the communities our stores call home. We look forward to working with the community and will take into consideration the concerns surrounding the liquor license as the planning and permitting process proceeds."

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