Twelve Oaks residents asking for signal at site of deadly wreck
Twelve Oaks subdivision neighbors are taking matters into their own hands, after being told they can't have a traffic light at an intersection they are calling dangerous.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Twelve Oaks neighbors are taking matters into their own hands after being told they can't have a traffic light at an intersection they are calling dangerous.
The intersection is right in front of their South Shreveport neighborhood at East Flournoy Lucas Road and Ashley River Drive. It's also the site of a fatal motorcycle accident that happened in mid-July.
Police said a teenage driver pulled out of the intersection and collided with a motorcyclist, who was then thrown onto another car. The motorcyclist died from his injuries.
Twelve Oaks resident David Compton witnessed the aftermath of the fatal motorcycle wreck that has shaken up the neighborhood.
"It was pretty shocking, seeing he was in bad shape," Compton said.
Deb Brittan also came upon the accident scene, just 10 minutes after it happened.
"It was definitely traumatic and made a strong impact," she said.
Brittan is the homeowner association membership director for Twelve Oaks.
"It became apparent to me that we need to do something as a community," she said.
Neighbors have asked the state Department of Transportation and Development for a traffic light to control what they call the chaos of the intersection.
But after a study was done, a DOTD spokesman said the results showed that the crossing doesn't meet the requirements for a light - there wasn't enough traffic in the area and it was too close to another traffic signal.
That answer wasn't good enough for Brittan.
"I just think we need to be grateful more lives weren't lost," she said. "Now, we need to take action to make sure that no more are lost."
After getting the HOA's approval, Brittan has taken matters into her own hands and created an online petition.
"We have several hundred signatures, we want several thousand signatures," she said, adding that the HOA is hoping for at least 2,000 people to sign.
Compton also wants to see change, saying he hadn't yet heard about the petition, but he would sign it.
According to Brittan, a neighbor has even volunteered to personally bring the petition to Governor Jindal's office.
"Once he has got it, I hope he becomes a voice of advocacy to go ahead and push this through DOTD," she said.
The HOA is inviting not only neighbors, but also anybody in the area to get behind the cause and sign the petition.
"Join with us, sign this petition, so we can see that wonderful light, out on that street, as a true memorial to this young man's life," she said.
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