WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) - 2 NEWS Investigates has learned that change is coming to an intersection that proved deadly over the weekend. State Road 48 and Lytle Five Points Road come together in Clearcreek Township in Warren County where there's been growth and growing concern.
Police say in recent weeks there have been two deaths and a serious injury accident within in a mile of one another and the common denominator is Lytle Five Points Road.
Tyrina Hattery of Miamisburg who lost her brother in a crash Saturday, March 16 went to the scene at Lytle Five Points Road and State Road 48. She had been waiting for her brother to show up at a friend's house. They had made plans.
"So they brought over a gentleman and I said is that Shane Jackson's car? I'm his sister Tyrina. Is he okay? The gentleman said, yes, that's Shane's car and I'm sorry to tell you he's not with us anymore.
So that's how I found out.," she told 2 NEWS Investigates.
According to police, the driver of the car was traveling westbound on Lytle Five Points Road and the driver of the pickup truck was traveling northbound on 48. They collided and the driver of the car, according to police, failed to stop. Shane Jackson was that driver.
Hattery thinks, "He either stopped and then went or he was unable to stop, but I don't think he would have blown the sign because he warned me too many times."
Hattery reached out to 2 NEWS Investigates because even though it's too late for her brother, she wants the intersection to be safer for others like Tom Cooper who's been driving a semi through there for decades.
" We need a light there bad," said Cooper.
2 NEWS Investigates has learned there are plans to install traffic lights where State Road 48 and Lytle Five Points Road meet.
The Ohio Department of Transportation determined the need for change there after hearing from a resident and monitoring traffic increases. ODOT says the lights should be in place by the end of June.
Nonetheless, Clearcreek Township Police Chief John Terrill says it's up to drivers to make good choices.
Chief Terrill told 2 NEWS Investigates, "Red light would certainly slow traffic down to a point of stop going all four directions and maybe deal with some of the impatience issues, but we still have people who run red lights, we still have people who push through yellow lights."
"I don't know if it could've prevented what happened to Shane, but I think it could prevent it from happening to someone else and to keep another family from going through what we're going through," said Hattery.
Shane Jackson leaves behind two young daughters. He was a teacher and worked at Kroger in Centerville.
The family will be holding a visitation Friday evening at Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel and a funeral Saturday at Waynesville Methodist Church.
ODOT told 2 NEWS Investigates the contract involving SR-48 and Lytle Five Points Road includes plans to install traffic lights at three other sites in District 8, two in Hamilton County where work is already done, and Interstate 75 and SR-123.
ODOT said input from drivers does make a difference so if you want to report safety concerns you can go to The Ohio Department of Transportation website and click on "Get in Touch with ODOT."
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