Mother fights for changes to deadly intersection after crash kills Chili boy

August 22, 2017 05:30 PM

After a little boy from Chili was killed in a car crash, members of the community have fought for change to a deadly intersection.

The dangerous intersection is at State Route 386 and Morgan Road in Chili. In February, eight-year-old Kael Nicolosi's life ended at that spot when a car that blew through that stop sign.

Kael's family is pushing the state to do something and the state's decision will come Wednesday.

The effort to change the intersection fills a box on the kitchen table at the home of Tiffany Nicolosi, Kael's mother. There are signed petitions, letters from neighbors, state lawmakers and Kael's classmates.

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Brean: "So these are all letters from people in the community asking that something be done there."

Tiffany Nicolosi: "Yes."

The letters plead for the state Department of Transportation to do something. One classmate said they should put divots in the road before the stop signs.

"A third grader thought of that so you're thinking at that point why can't the state do something minimal like that?" asks Tiffany.

Kael was killed on his way to school. The sheriff's office says the car that hit his car ran the stop sign. There's no early warning about the stop signs.

We drove the path that Kael's car took and we saw trees and brush that blocked our view of upcoming traffic. According to records from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, compiled by the community, there have been 39 accidents here over ten years.

Brean: "What is it that you want to happen in your meeting with the state transportation department?"

Tiffany Nicolosi: "I want them to be aware of the significance of making changes to the intersection. I don't want another tragedy like this to happen to another family. What we've dealt with the past six months is the most horrific thing ever and I feel that even by making small changes it could save a life."

The meeting on the DOT's traffic study is Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

Top 10 Monroe County Intersections for Accidents

The County DOT says these are the top 10 intersections for accidents per traffic volume. Other intersections may have more accidents but because those intersections have significantly more traffic; they are not in the top 10.


Berkeley Brean

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