Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 30, 2013

TxDOT to add 4-way stop at TVCC intersection

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — The Texas Department of Transportation will install a 4-way stop at an intersection in Athens where a Trinity Valley Community College student was hit by a truck on Wednesday.

TVCC President Glendon Forgey announced the news via the college’s Facebook page Thursday evening.

Forgey said the decision was made, thanks to assistance from State Sen. Robert Nichols, State Rep. Lance Gooden and TxDOT District Engineer Randy Hopmann.

The 4-way stop will be installed at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2494 and Dean Street, where 18-year-old Ugonna Nwarie suffered a broken leg.

Nwarie, a member of the TVCC football team, was walking in the crosswalk when he was hit by a 66-year-old driver. Athens Police reports indicate the driver failed to yield the right-of-way.

TxDOT engineers and technicians will be at the location next week to re-evaluate the intersection, Forgey said. He added that TxDOT’s solution at the intersection could include pedestrian push buttons with flashing lights that would activate when someone is crossing the road.

The intersection will also be restriped.

Forgey offered a special thanks to Nichols, Gooden and Hopmann for “helping to keep our students safe.”