The mayor of Port Coquitlam says the intersection where 16-year-old Annie Leung was struck by a hit-and-run driver has gone through several improvements over the years to "make it as safe as possible."

"Down the street, in front of the middle school, we've put traffic bulbs in to shorten the sidewalk or the crosswalk at Shaughnessy and Pitt River Road," said Mayor Greg Moore.

pitt river road and Mary Hill Road, coquitlam

"We formalized the intersection ... it was kind of an informal yield, and we've done those sort of things at all the intersections. We've looked a the traffic light timing. We've looked at the pedestrian crossings and all that sort of data to see what we can do to make it as safe as possible."

Leung, a Grade 10 student at Riverside Secondary School died in hospital early Wednesday morning after she was hit at the intersection of Mary Hill Road and Pitt River Road.

People who live nearby told CBC News they believe the intersection was unsafe, and that cars regularly speed through the area.

Moore said drivers need to take extra care.

"We'll take a look at it and we'll do whatever imrprovements we need to, but we also need to make sure that we're looking at how our drivers, make sure our drivers are paying attention, make sure they're not looking at their phones especially going into intersections," he said.

The Riverside Secondary School Parent Advisory Council is expected to discuss the issue at its meeting next Tuesday.

RCMP are looking for an older man with greying hair who was driving the black Ford F150 pickup truck with black canopy that left the scene after Leung was hit.