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Family wants changes at intersection where teen was killed

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COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Family members of a teen who died crossing Highway 51 Friday said the intersection where a truck hit him is dangerous.

Eighteen-year-old Covington High School student Gerald Fayne died crossing Highway 51 at Antioch Friday night.

"He was just a good kid," said the victim's father, Larry Fayne, Sr.  "We always just had happy memories together, and he walked out of the house and that was just it."

Saturday, Larry Fayne, Sr. and the victim's sister, Latrese Hayes, went to the crash scene.

"I was trying to see how it happened and everything," said Hayes.  "It was so dark."

They said Gerald Fayne left a nearby store around 6:30 p.m. Friday.  As he crossed the four-lane highway, one car swerved and a truck hit him.

"There are four stores over here, and kids as well as grown-ups come over here back and forth across the street going to the stores," said Hayes.

Family, neighbors and business owners said the intersection is so busy because more than 50 homes are nestled in a subdivision across the highway.

"I'm very upset because there's not a light at this intersection," said Hayes.

Family members admit Gerald Fayne was wearing dark clothing, but they said northbound drivers face a blind spot at the intersection.  They said they have seen numerous car wrecks through the years.

"About 6:00 or 6:15 and another accident had occurred up here," said Larry Fayne, Sr.

Action News 5 took a closer look at the intersection and honed our cameras on the trouble spot the family pointed out.  From the moment one car appeared over the hill crest, it took it just eight seconds to reach our camera.

"It's just a dark area," said Larry Fayne, Sr.  "You can't see anyone walking.  Even with cars, it's hard to see when a car is coming over the top of that little area."

The family does not blame the driver for the accident, but they do want TDOT to take note of the intersection.

"I would love for them to get us a street light or a caution light out here or something, because this is a very dangerous intersection," said Hayes.

A TDOT spokesperson said, "TDOT will do a traffic study of the intersection."

Action News 5 has learned the Army has made contact with Gerald Fayne's family to help with funeral arrangements.  Fayne wanted to join the Army when he graduated from Covington High School.

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