Could Traffic Light Have Prevented Accident on Newly Opened Lee County Roadway?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 6, 2012

Florida car accident attorneyThe Metro Parkway Extension in Lee County was only open for less than 24 hours before it became the site of a tragic traffic accident. As Fort Myers accident attorneys, we join many local residents in questioning whether a traffic light could have prevented it.

The accident occurred at the intersection of the Metro Park Extension, named the Michael G. Rippe Parkway, and Briarcliff Road. According to the Lee Sheriff's office, the driver of an SUV, headed east on Briarcliff Road, pulled out into the middle of the intersection and into the path of a scooter ridden by David Vanaman. He put down the bike to avoid a collision, but still suffered life-threatening injuries.

The accident has renewed calls for a traffic light at the intersection. Before construction on the roadway started, the Florida Department of Transportation told concerned Briarcliff residents that they would need to see firsthand how traffic used this new intersection before a signal could be approved. A traffic warrant study is scheduled for this intersection in late winter early spring of 2013, according to

The DOT has already completed much of the work needed to get the traffic light up and running, if it is approved. However, many point to the recent accident as proof that it may be too late to prevent another tragedy.

"I'm just afraid that the county or the state will wait until we have a few people killed there before they do anything about it and I wish they would be proactive instead of reactive," said Briarcliff resident Laura Allen.

Police are also still looking for the driver witnesses claim caused the crash. The driver is described as a white female in her 50s with brown hair. She was driving a mid-size to large SUV, possibly a Lexus or Toyota.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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