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Intersection Where Teen Died to Get Traffic Light

Posted January 21, 2008

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— Two months after a Fayetteville teenager was killed while crossing an intersection on foot, state transportation officials have approved a traffic light for the crossroads.

Phuong Tran, 13,  was hit by a sport utility vehicle on Nov. 1 as his walked home after a soccer game at Westover Middle School, where he was an eighth-grader. He died two days later at Duke University Hospital.

Community leaders had fought for a traffic light at the intersection for years, but the state Department of Transportation maintained the traffic volume along Bonanza Drive didn't warrant a light.

However, the DOT recently approved a petition to install a traffic light with a cross-walk device at the intersection.

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  • saltygirl2 Jan 22, 2008

    a little too late.

  • Jermaniac Jan 22, 2008

    Thanks jen. And I live in Fay. rolling, I go past westover all the time and I agree, its a busy road. My point is that this is not the fault of DOT, could more have been done to help prevent this, sure. But in the end, the child made a poor decision and paid the ultimate price, and I'm truly sorry this happened. But you can't blame everyone else for your poor decisions.

  • justjean Jan 22, 2008

    Jermaniac, your children might know to look both ways before crossing, but in a situation where they are crossing at an intersection, remember that drivers can make a right on red. And while the driver is looking left to make sure they can safely enter the intersection, they often forget to look right to see if someone is crossing the street. Be sure to tell your children about that.

  • justjean Jan 22, 2008

    Community leaders had fought for a traffic light at the intersection for years, but the state Department of Transportation maintained the traffic volume along Bonanza Drive didn't warrant a light.

    How sad that someone usually has to die to get something done. Cage (car) drivers live in their own little worlds when they get behind the wheel. They think they own the road, and what they are currently doing is more important then what anyone else may be doing, again it's all about 'ME'!

  • Rolling Along Jan 21, 2008

    Jermaniac...have you ever seen this area? Traffic is very heavy and excessively fast for a school/residential area. The local police have tried to slow the traffic down, but that only works when they are there. Too many drivers in this country only obey the law when they think they are being watched. There have been several near misses on that stretch of road over the past several years.

  • Jermaniac Jan 21, 2008

    The truth hurts doesn't it? And I do have kids, and they know to look both ways when crossing a busy street.

  • fakename Jan 21, 2008

    Jermanic- what kind of BS comment was that besides rude. Then again you have a tire beside your name. You must not have kids. jer"MANIAC" have a heart.

  • Jermaniac Jan 21, 2008

    Whatever happened to looking both ways before you cross the road? I mean, I hate this happened to this kid but at age 13 you should know to watch out for traffic. Why does everyone want to blame DOT when a person makes a poor decision. Get real people.

  • Rolling Along Jan 21, 2008

    Unfortunately in our society the car is king and any other form of transportation...like walking makes you a second class citizen.

  • PikeMom4real Jan 21, 2008

    Pretty soon all we will see is memorials on the side of the road,or a light every place a person gets killed.
    Lights will not make people look who are walking or driving.

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