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Tallahassee Intersection Raising Concerns

Tallahassee intersection becoming dangerous
Tallahassee intersection becoming dangerous
Posted at 2:58 AM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 07:56:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Anyone who commutes through Tallahassee knows which streets are the busiest.

Many of those busy areas tend to be near Florida State University.

Just behind the Chick-Fil-A on Tennessee Street, you’ll find the intersection of West Call Street and Chapel Drive...an interchange that ultimately cost student Andrew Sun his life.

"He was on his scooter, and somebody went to make a left turn out of Chapel," recalls Jake DePalo, an FSU Student and roommate of Andrew's. "They didn't see him and slammed into him."

Those who frequent this section of road near FSU say that the amount of traffic and the speed at which the cars travel are problems, but most of them say that turning left is the biggest issue.

"The volume of cars that are on this road, it's too much," says Kelsey Lindley, an FSU Student. "If you're going to make a left turn, you have to take that slight chance that you see. So if you go just immediately, what could happen when you make that turn is just a chance."

Without a stoplight, reduced speed limits, or even an extra stop sign, students and drivers alike fear that accidents will continue to happen here at the corner of West Call Street and Chapel Drive.

"The City of Tallahassee is reviewing the traffic conditions at the Call and Chapel intersection for any potential safety improvements," says Allen Secreast from the City of Tallahassee Traffic Engineering. 

WTXL did some digging. We pulled the Tallahassee Police Department's crash reports within 500 feet of this intersection over the past year. We see 97 crashes -- most of them, minor. But there are 16 hit-and-run crashes, 7 crashes with injuries and 2 DUIs. Lindley and many others support the need for a change at this intersection, saying that it’s what Andrew would have wanted.

"Andrew was one of those people that he had a positive impact on every person he encountered," remembers Matthew Hall, Andrew's coworker and FSU Student. "My drive to support this was if we brought a change to this intersection, I feel like it would be a positive impact on the entire community. That's something he would have wanted."

The FSU community coming together in hopes of preventing future accidents.

The City of Tallahassee is taking a closer look at the intersection to determine what can be done to decrease the number of accidents.

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