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Intersection Where Teen Died to Get Traffic Light

Posted January 21, 2008 1:44 p.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2008 9:44 p.m. EST

— 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.