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I had tears of joy," an emotional Wilson told a San Jose City Council committee that unanimously voted to recommend calling the bridge "Xander's Crossing."
"My kids and my husband keep me strong every day," said Wilson, who was accompanied Monday by her older sister, Tiffany.
His successor, Councilman Ash Kalra, in February pushed for naming the bridge after the boy, saying not only would it provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists, but serve as a reminder of a boy whose short life contributed to an important change.
The location is a popular shortcut from a neighborhood to a shopping center, and the site of other deaths. High school students and cyclists regularly hoist their bikes over the tracks; the nearest pedestrian crossing is a half mile away.
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"It's not just an elevated cement sidewalk," she said of the $10 million cherry colored overpass that will open this summer. "People from San Jose will know what happened here, and they're going to remember Xander."
The project, which is being paid for through city, state and federal funds, broke ground last spring. In addition to offering access to pedestrians and cyclists, the 315 foot steel bridge will be wheelchair accessible.
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"For the longest time, it felt like he didn't matter to anyone," she said after Monday's meeting. But the bridge naming which is expected to be approved by the full council later this month gives her confidence that her son's spirit will live on.
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"Through the tragedy of what happened, and the passing of Alexander, something good has come of it," said Kalra.
Hatton then asked the brothers to wait for her while she went back over the tracks to get her own daughter, who was in a stroller. Alexander tried to follow her and was killed. Hatton was sentenced to probation and community service for her role in Alexander's death.
The tragedy was every parent's nightmare: Alexander Arriaga was trotting after his baby sitter days before Thanksgiving 2005 when he was struck by an Amtrak train on the Union Pacific Railroad line near Blossom Hill and Monterey roads.
Standing next to San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra, Nicole Wilson, the mother of 2 year old Alexander Arriaga who was killed days before Thanksgiving in 2005 when he was hit by an Amtrak train, is overwhelmed with emotion after speaking in front of Transportation and Environment Committee members on May 7, 2012 in San Jose. San Jose's Transportation and Environment Committee members on Monday signed off on naming a pedestrian bridge "Xander's Crossing'' in memory of Alexander. (Dai Sugano/Staff)Almost seven years after her 2 year old son was killed on a fatal stretch of train tracks in South San Jose, Nicole Wilson stood before city officials Monday thanking them for proposing to name a new pedestrian bridge after him that ensures he won't be forgotten.
Her family keeps her focused. Wilson and her husband have since had a daughter, who is now 5. And she said 10 year old Elijah, who witnessed his younger brother's death, will cut the ribbon when the bridge opens.
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Wilson, now 28, still recalls the day of the accident: She had been working at Toys R Us, leaving Alexander and his 4 year old brother, Elijah, with a friend. Unbeknown to her, that woman passed the boys off to 21 year old Katrina Hatton, who crossed the tracks illegally.
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