BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Many people refer to the intersection of North Church Street and South Graham-Hopedale Road as “accident central.”
That’s because there’s a history of accidents at that intersection. Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck with the Burlington Police Department says in the last 12 months there have been 31 accidents: 18 fender-benders, 12 where people inside the car were injured and one where pedestrians were hit.
The most recent accident happened on Wednesday night at about 7:50 p.m.
Christopher Oakley, 27, who was pushing his 2-year-old daughter in a stroller, was struck while crossing the intersection. The driver who hit them had a green light and didn’t see the pedestrians, according to a release. No charges will be filed as a result of this incident.
As of Thursday, Oakley remains in the hospital where he is scheduled to have surgery. The child has since been released and is with her mother.
The Burlington Police Department is collecting donations for the father and daughter who were struck. An officer who responded to the accident wanted to help with the cost of medical bills and also wants to replace the stroller that was damaged during the accident.
In June 2015, the state approved construction at the intersection. Department of Transportation District Engineer Charles Edwards says as a part of a larger project, South Graham Hopedale Road will see improvements, including additional lanes and traffic signal modifications. The purpose of the project is to relieve congestion and improve operation and safety at the intersection. Construction will start in 2017.