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Parents Question Design of Disney Intersection Where Son Killed

April 7, 1995

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) _ A couple whose 9-year-old son was struck and killed by a car inside Disney World say the park failed to adequately mark the road where he was hit.

Tyler Hrab died Saturday night after being hit by a car driven by a 17-year-old employee of the Orlando, Fla., park. Police don’t expect to file charges.

Tyler’s father, Rick Hrab, said his son walked into the road without stopping because there was no curb, light or sign to indicate where the sidewalk ended and the roadway began.

``If he had thought it was a road, he would have looked,″ Hrab said. ``I never knew it was a road until right when it happened.″

The Hrabs, from Schoolcraft, a town about 10 miles south of Kalamazoo, were walking from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary hotel _ both located in the park _ when the accident occurred.

Disney spokesman Bill Warren declined to comment. ``It is a terrible tragedy,″ he said.

Disney officials have offered to fly to Michigan to talk to the family. When they visit, the Hrabs plan to urge them to improve the intersection where their son died.

``We don’t want another family to go through what we are going through,″ said the boy’s mother, Jackie Hrab.

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