Near-death accident at dangerous Clovis intersection sparks petition

New Mexico

There’s a petition to get a stoplight at a dangerous intersection in Clovis. This comes after a woman was almost killed when her car was t-boned, and she’s not the only one who’s been hurt there.

“You know, it was just any other day,” Konnie Kanmore said, remembering January 31.

Kanmore says her daughter Brittany was excited about the future and set to graduate from Clovis Community College in May.

“She got up, got ready that morning, we talked about all of her plans. She’s currently going to school, so we talked about all of her future plans,” said Kanmore.

Plans were put on hold when they got the news she was in a bad car accident. “It was hard. That was the worst day of my life,” said Brittany’s older sister, Ashley Park.

The 20-year old was headed home, trying to turn on to NM 467 when a pickup truck traveling on Highway 60/84 slammed into her passenger side. She suffered a severe brain injury, the equivalent of shaken baby syndrome for adults.

“To me, it’s just a huge safety concern that really needs to be addressed so that way there’s no more,” said Missy Terry.

Terry says accidents like Brittany’s happen all too often at this intersection. Terry created a petition, aimed at the NMDOT to replace the two-way stop sign with a stoplight to regulate traffic.

“You can be paying attention, you can look both ways to see where the traffic is at but you don’t know how fast someone’s rate of speed is,” said Terry.

Terry says the flashing lights reminding drivers on Highway 60/84 to slow down, doesn’t work. It’s also difficult to see oncoming traffic, especially at sunrise and sunset.

“You’re really turning on a hope that somebody’s not coming,” said Park. “I think had there been a traffic light there the day she got in her accident, it would’ve prevented the accident.”

Brittany’s family hopes something good can come out of this tragedy.

“For her to go through this, if it accomplishes them getting a stoplight or something there, and stop this from hurting somebody else and their family, that would mean the world to her,” said Mary Lyon, Brittany’s grandmother.

KRQE was told Brittany is making progress at a specialty hospital in Lubbock, starting to open her eyes again and track movement.

The NMDOT says past studies show the intersection does not meet requirements to have a stoplight put there, but they say they are re-evaluating it. A new study will take place next week.

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