Traffic

Teen Wants DOT To Take Action About Dangerous Raleigh Intersection

Posted June 18, 2004

— Raleigh police say the intersection on Brier Creek Parkway and Lumley Road in Raleigh is averaging about 12 wrecks a month. Now, some people want something done about the dangerous intersection.

Ryan Walsh, 14, remembers what happened when he was at the intersection more than that a week-and-a-half ago.

"I remember just seeing it coming. The car coming closer and closer," he said. "I was just kind of bracing myself for the accident," he said. "I don't remember much after that because I had a concussion."

Walsh's grandmother was driving the car when it hit another car. Her car was totaled.

"She had four broken ribs and a fractured neck and a partially collapsed lung," he said. "With hospital bills and insurance and all that kind of mess, we could have already paid for a whole stoplight here."

Walsh's wreck is not the first in that area. Months ago, motorists told WRAL that

the intersection

was dangerous.

"[There's] no light, people in a hurry. They should never have put this intersection in here without a light. It's just disgraceful," said one motorist.

Now, the state Department of Transportation said there will be a light, thanks to an agreement worked out between the state and the developer, Brier Creek Associates.

"In fact, we are providing the developer, at their cost, metal signal light poles to save them some of the lead time to have these poles manufactured," DOT engineer Joey Hopkins said. "My understanding is the signal should be installed by sometime in August."

Walsh and his family are glad the stoplight is coming.

"Put up the stoplight, so no one gets killed at your intersection," he said.

Walsh's grandmother is in stable condition at WakeMed and is expected to recover. Ryan suffered a head wound that required seven staples.

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