Traffic lights, crosswalk go up after little girl hit by car in Bellevue

Traffic lights, crosswalk go up after little girl hit by car in Bellevue (Image 1)
Traffic lights, crosswalk go up after little girl hit by car in Bellevue (Image 1)

A dimly-lit intersection in Bellevue where a young girl was hit by a car now has a working traffic signal.

Emma Bradshaw was nine years old when she was hit by a motorist on June 19, 2013 at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive.

Emma suffered a broken neck and traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident.

The driver was not cited because the area was dimly-lit.

After the collision, Emma’s mother Sonya spearheaded an effort to put in a traffic signal and crosswalk at the intersection.

Along with help from Councilwoman Sheri Weiner, the traffic signal was approved.

The traffic lights are now working and crosswalk signals should be in working order soon.

Now 10 years old, Emma and her family got their first look at the new safety upgrades.

“People can walk across here without getting hit by a car,” Emma said. “I think it’s safer for kids and adults.”

The Bradshaws have recently moved to Chattanooga.

But Emma’s mom hopes they left the intersection a safer place than it was before.

“It was very important to me that I try in every way to help make this area safer,” said Sonya Bradshaw.

The Bradshaws were back in Nashville Tuesday to attend the One Direction concert at LP Field.

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