Engineers studying dangerous uptown intersection

Engineers studying dangerous uptown intersection

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 11 at 5:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --Charlotte Department of Transportation engineers are delving into what's happening at a dangerous intersection in uptown Charlotte.

They started studying the intersection of East Stonewall Street and South College Street last year because of the number of accidents, but that study isn't complete.

The intersection ranks as the city's 82nd most dangerous intersection in 2011, according to CDOT.

NewsChannel 36 news partner The Charlotte Observer reports six people have been hit by cars there within the last 10 years.

CDOT safety engineers are looking for identifiable and correctable driver and pedestrian patterns, which could lead to engineering or enforcement changes at the intersection.

On Wednesday police say a driver hit someone just after 7 a.m., and that the person hit was in the driver's blind spot.  The person crossing the street ended up at the hospital, but wasn't severely injured.

At the same intersection and pretty much the same time on Tuesday police say dump truck driver Phillip Boone hit and killed Wells Fargo executive Brett Morgan.

Investigators say Morgan, 47, had the walk signal and Boone turned right from East Stonewall Street onto South College Street, and the impact killed Morgan.

Boone is charged with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way.

Friends of Morgan's family say they were stunned to hear of another car-pedestrian accident in the same location. 

Co-workers who didn't want to be identified say Morgan was a fun, energetic and giving man.
 

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