Deadly Texas Intersection took our 20 month old daughters life, Crowley Road and FM 1187
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To the Great State of Texas,
It is with great concern for others and their families that my family and I get a tremendous amount of support necessary to change the intersection of 731/ Crowley Road and FM 1187, in Crowley, Texas 76036. On April 21st, 2018, I lost my world, my happiness, my reason to wake up every morning. My daughter, Eleanor, at the tender age of one year and eight months old, passed away due to blunt force trauma to her head and neck in a motor vehicle accident. My husband and I along with my daughter and two younger cousins ages four and nine were heading north on 731 through the intersection of FM 1187 to Bicentennial Park when suddenly we were struck by a full size truck headed west on FM 1187. My husband sustained a broken vertebrae, multiple broken ribs and a lacerated spleen and kidney. My youngest cousin age four had a torn ligament in her neck and her sister age nine had a lacerated spleen; both had multiple cuts and bruises. As for myself, I had fractured ribs. Fortunately, we are all healing well physically.
Since our tragedy there have been multiple accidents at this intersection. On July 31, 2018, another vehicle was t-boned at the intersection where our accident occurred. My hope is that I can reach out and touch many people encouraging them to make a change for the safety of all of our loved ones that drive through there everyday. No parent should have to suffer the loss of their child from the lack of proper inspecting and safety. Through my own research I gathered statistics from the Crowley Police Department. In the last eight years (from dates 01/01/10 through 08/10/18) there have been 322 accidents at or surrounding the intersection of 731/Crowley Road and FM 1187. Out of those 322 accidents, 110 of them occurred at this intersection. Fifteen of the 110 accidents were major and/or fatal. That is a whopping 14 accidents per year at this very intersection and two of these accidents each year are major and or fatal. That means each year through this intersection a loved one has lost their life or has sustained life long injuries. This year one of the lives lost belonged to my daughter who did not even live to see her second birthday.
Information has been shared that the timing of the lights have a great impact on the number of accidents at this intersection. I am aware that it is TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) who is responsible for the lights at this intersection, and the lights have no cameras and therefore no record of the accidents that occur there. This has raised many suspicions as to what TxDOT is lacking. THIS MUST CHANGE! THIS CHANGE WILL SAVE LIVES! We need more time in between lights. We need cameras for proof of what happens. For example, the light going North on 731/Crowley Road should have a longer red light to the traffic coming from FM 1187 going west. I believe that if the timing of the lights lasted longer on red, it would have saved my family from the person in the opposing vehicle that ran the red light going West on FM 1187. Please help, this could be your son or your daughter. In honor of my beautiful little girl, Eleanor, please make this sorely needed change.
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