JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — Persistence has paid off for a Joliet mother who fought her grief to try to make changes.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, two years ago Tuesday, Mark Brockett, 25,was walking in the dark on South Chicago Street, between Patterson Road and Doris Avenue, when he was hit by two cars. He did not survive his injuries.

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Since that day, his mother, Kathy Brockett, has made it her mission to make that section of road safer. >As the Joliet Herald News reported, she approached local government officials and politicians on the subject.

Brockett was initially met with skepticism, but she pressed on, and now the City Council has OK’d her plan for nine new streetlights and modernized traffic signals to be paid for by the federal government and state, the newspaper reported.

The Herald News reports Brockett says her son would be proud. He was a high school volleyball coach whose motto was, “Keep going.”

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