Dangerous Raleigh intersection gets crosswalk week after pedestrian struck, killed

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A crosswalk is finally going in at an intersection many consider dangerous.

Viewers contacted CBS 17 after a pedestrian was struck and killed Friday night close to that intersection at South Saunders Street and Pecan Road.

“I never cross that road, especially when there’s a lot of traffic,” Issac Oyugi said. He said he’s worked at the gas station on the corner for about 10 years. 

“There have been a lot of accidents that happen out there for a long time, and I think people have been trying to get the city to put a crosswalk over there,” Oyugi said.

CBS 17 requested the data for pedestrian crashes for the intersection from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. From the start of 2016 to the end of 2018, NCDOT said there have been two crashes close to the intersection. One of them was fatal.

“You can tell it’s a busy place out here. Anything to help would be great,” Jeremy Blackman said.

Google Maps images from June and July 2018 show the pedestrian signal and buttons in place. Bags remained over them seven months later. There’s no crosswalk in place.

It’s the same situation one long block down at South Saunders Street at Ileagnes Road.

“For 2019, we need to get that fixed,” Jazziah Taylor, a neighbor said.

NCDOT said it has been working on it and that the weather slowed things down. 

That changed Thursday evening. The City of Raleigh said it had a contractor available to finally put crosswalks in.  

CBS 17 asked Bob Edgerton, the Chairman of Raleigh’s Citizens Advisory Council, what made the difference.

“Emphasis, activity, getting involved. Citizens raising up, quickly,” Edgerton said.

Edgerton said they’ve been pushing for NCDOT and the city to complete the project for months.

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