Residents of Lavrion, a port town southeast of Athens, accused the Public Works and Environment Ministry yesterday of failing to heed their warnings about the absence of a footbridge over a busy road after an 8-year-old boy was run over trying to reach a municipal beach. The unnamed child was killed when he attempted to cross the road with two friends. He was the son of an Iraqi asylum seeker who was staying at the local reception center. The two other children escaped injury. «A few years ago, the road was transformed to allow for fast-flowing traffic,» archaeologist and local resident Olga Kakavoyianni told Kathimerini. «That is when the problem began, since the road passes right in front of the beach and includes a bend where there is limited visibility.» The ministry said that a study is being carried out to assess the possibility of constructing a bridge for pedestrians.