PORTLAND -- Oregon and Portland officials will soon take a look at sidewalk safety, spurred partly by a deadly accident in Southeast Portland in February.

A 5-year-old girl was struck and killed while crossing Southeast 136th Avenue at Ellis Street, an area with no sidewalks and very few crosswalks.

Background: Child struck and killed in SE Portland

Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement after the crash, saying safety throughout the city will be his first priority.

I have been at work fewer than 60 days, and so far the city of Portland has experienced eight automobile-related fatalities, four of which were pedestrian deaths, he said at the time.

Hales planned to hold a press conference Wednesday.

Lawmakers plan to look at ways to make improvements including sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic lights.

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