Double fatal crash spurs new calls for changes to notorious Raleigh intersection
The state Department of Transportation has been considering safety improvements to a notorious northeast Raleigh intersection where several crashes have been reported, including one this weekend that claimed the life of a man and a young child.
Francisco Jaquez, 59, and Alfred Rodriguez Inoa, 9, died Sunday morning after the car they were in collided with another vehicle in the 5200 block of Louisburg Road at the Fox Road intersection.
Police said Jaquez and the boy in a car that was attempting to cross Louisburg Road when their vehicle was T-boned by another car, slamming in the driver’s side door of Jaquez’s vehicle.
Witnesses said Jaquez’s car burst into flames during the collision, trapping both occupants inside the vehicle.
A child and two adults in the second car, identified as Dozie Brandon Obed Ulasi Jr., 21, Brittany Goodson, 22, and Chenelo Dora Dedra Ulasi, 16, were all transported to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.
Residents in the area said they have complained for some time about the intersection because of a blind left-turn that has produced a number of accidents at the location. According to data, at least 63 crashes have happened at the intersection between 2013 and 2017. None of those were fatal but 38 percent of those collisions were T-bone crashes, similar to the one in which Jaquez was killed.
On Monday, Suzanne Kayed placed flowers at the intersection where Jaquez and Alfred were killed. She said the intersection is dangerous and needs to be modified.
“This is not a question,” she said. “This is a simple just do it.”
Someone who called 911 reported to emergency workers that there were occupants inside Jaquez’s car after the crash.
Latria Graffam who lives in the area said she hears accidents and near-miss crashes every day. She was home when Jaquez’s car was struck.
“The house kind of moved, and I said,’Oh, that’s different,” she said.
John Grant, a traffic engineer with the state DOT, says the agency has been aware of concerns about the intersection for over a year.
“We have a plan in place to hopefully . . . make that road as safe as we can,” he said.
Part of the proposal involves implementing a traffic pattern that would allow motorists to only make right-hand turns. According to DOT officials, the addition of a “super street” traffic pattern tends to reduce fatal and injury crashes by more than 70 percent.
State transportation officials had planned a public meting with residents to discuss options for improving the intersection long before the double fatal accident Sunday morning.
The session is scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 7., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at St. Matthews Baptist Church at 5410 Louisburg Road.