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Teenager's death sparks traffic light requests

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Horn Lake, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Nikki Yeager was a rising JROTC star at Horn Like High. The 16-year-old teenager's mom said changes have to be made along Goodman Road to prevent another teenager from being killed.

Nikki was already a second Lieutenant in her high school JROTC. But this week, the high school junior was enjoying spring break.

"She had a few days off so she was spending time with her friends and having a good time," said mother Lisa Yeager.

Nikki and a friend were at the busy intersection of Goodman Road and Dunbarton Drive Tuesday night when the unthinkable happened.

"Trying to cross Goodman Road, thought they had it, a car came speeding down Goodman off that hill and plowed into the passenger side where Nikki was sitting," said Lisa.

Nikki never woke up after the crash. She died at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Wednesday night.

The other passenger in the car is going to fine.

Horn Lake police are still trying to decide whether or not speed was a factor in the crash.

Lisa wants traffic along Goodman Road at Dunbarton Drive slowed down before someone else is killed there.

"I would hate for this to happen to somebody else, so let's get on the ball and put a traffic light there," said Lisa. "One life is too many."

Horn Lake police said no charges have been filed in the crash. A county supervisor said they just had a meeting Wednesday to ask the state to look at putting a traffic light at that intersection.

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