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DOT: Cary intersection won't get traffic light after fatal wreck

Posted March 20, 2012 5:02 p.m. EDT

— The state Department of Transportation has determined that a traffic light is not appropriate at the Cary intersection where two people were killed in a wreck last month, a town engineer said Tuesday.

DOT engineers were investigating the safety of the Cary Parkway/West Chatham Street intersection where a speeding car crashed into Martikia Adams, 22, of Raleigh, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Brian Cobb, of Cary, killing them.

The couple had a 2-year-old daughter.

State engineers met with Cary engineers Tuesday to discuss other options besides a stoplight to control traffic at the intersection. They plan to meet again next month.

On Feb. 12, Adams was trying to make a left turn off West Chatham Street onto Cary Parkway when her Saturn crossed into the path of a Dodge Avenger, police said. The driver of the Avenger, Meghan Sladek, 22, of Apex, was charged with speeding, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 45 days in jail.

Neighbors have said the intersection is dangerous.

"I've almost been hit by people who just come down, don't even think about the stop sign," Howard Kelly said last month. "In the morning, when they're going to work, they just come right out and make the left without even stopping, so there's always accidents here."