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DOT starts investigation after another crash at Henrietta intersection where a teen was killed

Berkeley Brean
Created: May 21, 2020 06:00 PM

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — There was another accident Thursday at the very same intersection where a teenage boy was hit and killed Tuesday.

News10NBC learned the state is stepping in to take a look. 

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The New York State Department of Transportation says it has received enough complaints over the last couple of days that they are going to investigate the safety of the intersection of West Henrietta Road and Martin Road. 

"There was a Mustang straight ahead in that ditch facing south," Ann Mummert said. "And there was the small car over here on the right."

Mummert lives at the corner of West Henrietta Road and Martin Road. She took photos of the two-car crash Thursday morning. She says there have been so many crashes here she has a folder for her photos on her phone. 

"It says 'accidents near or in front of the house'" she said looking at her phone. 

Some photos are from Tuesday when 13-year-old Liam Ronan was hit on his bicycle and killed. 

"It just sends me every time this happens. I can't stand it anymore," Mummert said. 

The state DOT says it's going to spend one to two months investigating the amount of traffic, the speed of traffic and whatever is causing accidents to happen here. The DOT investigators will also look at a three-year crash report from the site. 

Thursday I drove 20 miles north and west to show you an example of a change the DOT can make. 

At the corner of Whittier Road and Route 259 just south of Spencerport, the DOT installed four large stop signs after an investigation into crashes at the intersection. The DOT also added yellow signs that warn the drivers that "the cross traffic does not stop."

On West Henrietta Road, about 200 yards before the intersection with Martin Road, the 40 mile an hour speed limit ends. So the limit is 55 when the crashes happen. 

"I want to see them move the speed limit down farther away from the residential area," Mummert said. "Possibly put a caution light here So that people slow down."

The DOT says they get hundreds of these complaints from neighbors every year about the intersection near where they live but they don't all result in changes to the intersection.

In the Thursday accident, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says one of the cars was hit when the driver tried to cross West Henrietta Road at Martin Road.

The sheriff's office says the drivers weren't hurt badly. 

The driver who pulled out into traffic got a ticket.


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