Death Of Young Woman Leads To Arguments About Road Safety In Killeen
A crash in Killeen has raised questions about the safety of a road sign in that town. KXXV reported on why some people want the sign removed.
Just before 4 in the morning on Friday, April 16, officers went to the scene of a crash on westbound IH-14 in Killeen. They found a car on fire that had crashed into a large concrete sign marking the entrance to the town.
Police believe that the driver, a young girl, was distracted by her cell phone and started hydroplaning sideways trying to take the exit. She left the roadway and the wheels dug into the ground. That tipped the car over and made it strike the sign.
The girl was rescued and taken to the hospital, but she died there. Now people in the area are talking about removing the sign. Multiple cars have hit the sign over the years, at least three in the past year alone according to a resident of Killeen.
While there was evidence of distracted driving, locals interviewed in the article say that the road conditions and placement of the sign are far more to blame. Hydroplaning is common at that spot and it’s right at an exit. Some want the sign removed, but local officials say that would expose the spot to an embankment that could put cars onto the access road.
Our condolences go out to the family of the victim, and we hope that the city and state can come to an agreement about how to make the road safer.