Drivers concerned about Twyckenham Blvd and 9th Street intersection

Drivers on the south-side of Lafayette say the intersection of Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th street is dangerous.

Posted: Aug 17, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 9:13 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Drivers on the south-side of Lafayette are asking the police to do something about the Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th Street intersection.

"I would say a seven,” said Austin.

That's the rating driver James Austin gives the Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th Street intersection. He says the intersection is too dangerous.

"I see a lot of people that speed up and down that road and sometimes run the red lights,” said Austin.

This comes after a fatal accident on August, 9th 2019. That accident involved a motorcycle and minivan, killing 22-year-old Andre Leblanc and injuring the other driver.

"People use that bridge as their open road,” Christopher Nees.

Christopher Nees said he's witnessed reckless driving at the intersection more than once.

"Cause there's no cops over there,” said Nees. “That light turns green and you got people peeling out. And they go zero to fifty in a heartbeat. No concern for people turning or not."

Sergeant Mike Brown with the Lafayette Police Department said crash statistics in that area have actually gone down.

"We are actually trending down,” said Brown.

Brown said in 2017 there were 11 property damage accidents. In 2018 there were eight property damage wrecks, and 4 personal injury crashes. This year to date there have been seven property damage crashes and four personal injury crashes.

"There's a lot of different factors that can play into changes in crash data,” said Brown.

Brown said in order for an accident to be figured into intersection stats, the accident would have had to occur 33 feet from the intersection. Although Nees still thinks something needs to be done.

"I say put up speed cameras,” said Nees. “You run a red light, you get caught speeding past the light. It takes a picture of your license plate, sends you a ticket in the mail and here you go, here's a court date."

Brown said the statistics for that intersection are expected to be even lower than last years.

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