Woman Fixes Intersection Where A Young Girl Died
A local mothers efforts to change the timing of traffic lights at a dangerous intersection after her 20-month-old daughter was killed are finally taking place. The safety improvements were made 11 months after the accident at what some consider the most dangerous intersection in Crowley.
NBC in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that Krysta Click was driving through the intersection at FM 1187 and Crowley Road last April when a pickup truck rammed the minivan she was riding in with her husband, her cousins and her young daughter, Eleanor. The pickup truck hit them with enough force for the van to roll over on its side. Eleanor was the only person who died in the crash that day.
Since the accident, Krysta turned into a crusader. Determined that her daughter’s death would not be in vain, she gathered from police the history of accidents at the intersection. There were 110 accidents over the last 8 years; 15 of them resulting in fatalities.
The issue was the timing on the red lights. They did not give motorists enough time to get through before cross traffic is given a green light. Krysta contacted agency after agency from local authorities to even the state capital. It seemed no one would listen. Krysta posted an online petition at Change.org to fix the timing of the lights. The petition gathered nearly 17,000 other area residents who agreed that the timing on the lights needed to be increased.
On Wednesday, March 6th, Krysta saw TxDOT trucks and crews at the intersection lowering the speed limit, installing signs indicating no U-turns, and finally making adjustments to the timing of the traffic lights.