Family of teen killed in accident takes case to governor
The family and friends of a teen killed in an accident at Stephanie Way in Douglas County petitioned the governor Thursday for a traffic light there.
They left with a promise from the governor’s legal counsel to seriously consider the request.
Richard Chambers, whose daughter Bridget was killed when another driver ran into her vehicle, said the Department of Transportation doesn’t believe the intersection warrants a light. He said there have been five injury accidents at that intersection this year and there were 15 in 2003.
“The numbers are there. The accidents are there,” he said, adding that Douglas County officials including the sheriff agree a signal is needed at the intersection of Highway 395 and Stephanie Way. In fact, he said, Douglas Sheriff Ron Pierini signed the petition.
NDOT’s studies, he said, “only serve them.” He said the study showing no signal is warranted “is full of crap” because the intersection has met federal standards for a traffic signal for at least 10 years.
Chambers, his wife and children along with a dozen or so friends are asking Gov. Kenny Guinn to direct NDOT to install a signal. On the way, they first took their case to the street with signs asking support from drivers passing the state Capitol. Many motorists on Carson Street – which is Highway 395 – honked horns and waived indicating their support.
Keith Munro, the governor’s legal counsel, said he met with the group and will present the petition to Guinn as well as have a copy sent to NDOT.
“These are very nice people,” he said. “This warrants consideration and we’re going to give it (consideration).”
Chambers, himself a 26-year veteran Los Angeles County police officer, objected to the suggestion the accident was somehow caused by his daughter’s lack of driving experience.
“The other driver had like 70 years experience and he’s the one who made the mistake,” he said. The driver who authorities say caused the accident was more than 70 years old.
Chambers said the problem is with the intersection and that Guinn has the power to fix that.
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