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Woman still looking for change at dangerous intersection

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 11:39:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman is urgently calling for change at what she calls a dangerous intersection on the northeast side.

This is not the first time Kathleen Hite has reached out for results to find a safety solution for the 71st Street and Fairwood Drive, and she said she has contacted the city and even made suggestions. However, she fears one day a crash will take a deadly turn.

"Someone is going to die," Hite said. "That is what I am afraid of. I'm going to see someone has died and I've done everything I could to prevent it."

RTV6 first connected with Hite in June after she contacted us about the intersection. By then, she had already been in touch with the city a few times. She had suggested guardrails to keep cars from veering off the road and dropping 30 feet into a dry creek bed. The city denied her request at the time citing engineering studies that suggested a higher possibility of motorist fatality due to a head-on collision with the guardrail.

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Hite believes if something isn't done soon, lives will constantly be on the line each time a car comes to that intersection.

After hearing yet another crash Thursday, she decided it was time to up the ante.

"Last Friday, I wrote Mayor Hogsett a letter and mailed it to him," Hite said.

RTV6 reached out to the city again Wednesday to find out what is being done to make the intersection safer. According to the Department of Public Works, adding guardrails could prove even more dangerous for drivers. DPW continues to recommend that motorists watch for and heed all traffic signage.

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