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Milton fatal accident has residents calling for red light
MILTON -- An accident at a deadly intersection in Milton took one mans life Tuesday evening.
It happened around 5:30 at Highway 87 and Hickory Hammock Road.
The East Milton Fire Department says in the past ten years there has been 18 deaths at the intersection and 316 accidents.
They respond to almost three accidents a month at that location.
For years people have claimed that the intersection is deadly and Tuesday night an accident there took another life.
Ashleigh Cobb was driving on Highway 87 near Hickory Hammock Road Tuesday afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol says Cobb turned in front of an oncoming vehicle. That driver couldn't stop in time and crashed into Cobb's truck. The impact sent it slamming into another car nearby. James White, who was one of Cobb's passengers, was killed. Three others had minor injuries. People who saw the crash say it's something they'll never forget .
"This man lost his life because someone failed to yield the right a way, so they need a red light.. they need one now," said Jeremy Knotts.
Denise Soucy lives and works across the street from the intersection and says she been in an accident at the caution light., but another moment sticks out in her mind. She witnessed an accident a few years ago and stopped to help. She held a man in her arms while he made one last request.
"All he could do was keep asking me please call my wife and he died before I could call his wife on his cell phone," said Denise Soucy.
Denise said she and her neighbors have signed a petition to get a red light..
"There is no point in losing lives if they could put a light or something to help slow down traffic out here," said Soucy.
Firefighters say drivers need to be cautious while driving through the intersection.
"Wait before you cross the road don't go into the middle of the intersection wait until all of the traffic is cleared and then cut across," said Josh Thompson.
Charges are still pending on this case.
The Florida Department of Transportation did a study on the intersection in May of 2011,
They found the intersection had low volumes of traffic and accidents so they deemed a red light was not necessary.
FDOT says now they plan to do another study on the intersection, but that could take a few months to complete.