Man speaks out after being hit by car at "dangerous intersection"

Rennel Johnson said he was hit by a car as he was crossing U.S. 52 on Wyndham Way last Monday.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 11:22 PM
Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 11:22 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A 27-year-old man is speaking out about what he's calling a dangerous intersection in West Lafayette.
This after he said he was hit by a car while crossing the street near his neighborhood.

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Rennel Johnson said he was hit by a car as he was crossing U.S. 52 on Wyndham Way last Monday.

Johnson is suffering from several injuries. And while he is unable to work at either of his two jobs, he is working to make a change so that this doesn't happen to anyone else.

"At that point I knew my life was over pretty much. I just, I was like, I accept this. This is how I'm gonna go," Johnson said.

Reality abruptly hit Rennel Johnson as he was walking to get a cold pop near a West Lafayette intersection.

"My whole life stopped. I can't work, I can't go hang out with friends, I can't go see my family, I can't do anything."

Johnson said as he was he walking he was suddenly hit by a car.

"A head laceration. I have two sprained ankles, I have torn ligaments from my hip down to my foot, and I broke my fibula bone in three areas."

It happened at the U.S. 52 and Wyndham Way intersection near the Meijer entrance.

Johnson said he's not looking for sympathy. Instead, he's looking for a change.

"My goal is definitely to get some lights out there and a crosswalk."

Debbie Calder with INDOT says she's never heard of anyone complain of the intersection before.

"I did ask our technical service department and they said right now we don't have any plans to add sidewalks or a crosswalk at that location," Calder said.

Although INDOT doesn't have plans to build a crosswalk at the intersection Mayor John Dennis said he filed the police report to INDOT to make sure they're aware of the accident. That's giving Johnson more hope for safety.

"I'm just glad that it wasn't one of these precious kids that live over here in my neighborhood," Johnson said. "They walk to these stores just to get candy and stuff like that so just imagine one of those babies getting hit. They're dead."

Johnson isn't holding a grudge against the driver who hit him, but he hopes his situation could lead to making the intersection safer for pedestrians.

"We make mistakes, everybody, we're all human. I'm not mad at him or anything I just wish that, you know, the circumstances could have been different."

Debbie Calder said she plans to bring up the topic to INDOT engineers. They will hopefully look into it and have some discussions with the city.

That would include studying how heavy pedestrian traffic is in the area, but she says since there are no sidewalks it could potentially be a long process.

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