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Officials Worried About Site of Fatal Vero Beach Crash Long Before Death of College Athlete

February 10, 2020

VERO BEACH, FL- writes that the intersection where a college student tragically died last month in a horrible car crash was on the radar of local officials long before the fatal wreck. The bridge is heavily trafficked, especially in the morning, which is when the incident occurred.*

In recent years, more collisions have been occurring at the intersection. In the last three years, the number of accidents at the location has been extremely high, with 21 taking place in 2018 alone. 

The college sophomore was a front-seat passenger in a van that was carrying her team to a morning practice. The van was traveling southbound and attempted to turn left at the bridge. A pickup truck collided with the passenger side of the team’s van, causing the victim’s death and injuring six other students and both drivers. Many of the victims were in serious or critical condition. 

The other collisions at the intersection were not fatal, except for one that involved a cyclist in 2018. Still, the high number of incidents at the location have led many to believe that something should have been done sooner. Locals complain about visibility issues and speeding drivers in the area. Construction in the vicinity also led to a lane closure, which increased traffic congestion around the bridge. Officials were perplexed through when traffic did not improve after the project was completed. There are now changes slated for the intersection, but they are mostly designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. A bike lane is planned, and the Florida Department of Transportation is planning to add rumble strips to the lanes. 

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