Bellevue intersection to get traffic light after girl hit

Bellevue intersection to get traffic light after girl hit (Image 1)

A busy intersection in Bellevue where a little girl was struck by a car in June will soon have a traffic light.

Nine-year-old Emma Bradshaw was hit by a motorist on the night of June 19 while trying to cross the then dimly-lit intersection of Sonya Drive and Old Hickory Boulevard.

On Monday, the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission unanimously approved a traffic light for the intersection located just off Interstate 40.

It was originally turned down by Metro Public Works because the amount of traffic was slightly less than what federal guidelines suggest for stoplights.

“This is for Emma,” said Sheri Weiner, who represents the area in the Metro Council.

She and the little girl’s family spearheaded efforts to get the traffic light, along with improved street lighting for the area.

“When public works turns down such a request as it did, it can be appealed to the Traffic and Parking Commission,” Weiner explained to News 2.

Emma has been recovering from brain injury since the accident with treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center but will be spending the next three months in California with her mother, according to Councilwoman Wiener.

“She’s been a chatty-Kathy,” added Wiener, who indicated doctors first thought Emma would not walk or talk again after being in coma in the days following the accident.

“We should not have any more Emmas, for me this [traffic and parking] vote was for all the Emmas out there, any body who has kids, anyone who has a child who has been through a traumatic injury like that, gets it.”

Weiner says a timeline has not been established yet as to when the stoplight will be put at the intersection.

She did indicate that the accident has already led to two new streetlights placed at the intersection.

No charges were filed against the driver who hit Emma.

Weiner says police indicated “dim lighting” at the intersection on the night when the young girl was struck.

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