Fight for light at deadly intersection - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fight for light at deadly intersection

(WMC – TV) – People in the Mid-South are starting a fight for a light after a Shelby County teacher was killed in a crash.  Janice Washington was killed in a crash on her way work at Keystone Elementary in February 2014.  Orange spray paint is still on the ground at the New Allen and Hawkins Mill roads intersection.  "By the time I got here [sic] she was gone," said Rodrick Washington, Janice's son.

Washington was a first year teacher when she was killed in the crash.  "One car was flipped over and her car was just completely crushed," said fellow teacher Rebekah Jackson.  Several roads intersect where Washington died, but none of them have a traffic light. 

There are several schools in the area, including a high school where students are old enough to drive.  "Countless teachers have accident there, students have been involved in accidents there," said Keystone teacher Rebekah Jackson.  Teachers and classmates are planting a tree in Washington's memory.

Jackson said he would like to see the city build a light and says she will do whatever it takes to make it happen.  "It's kind of a guessing game when you get to that intersection, is it my turn? Isn't it? Whose turn is it?" asked Jackson.  Rodrick Washington recently graduated from college and will now have to look after his 5-year-old brother.  He said he is joining the cause, because he doesn't want another son to have to bury his mother.

"Hopefully by putting a light there, somebody else doesn't have to go through the tragedy of losing their mother to an accident," said Washington.

Action News 5 reached out to members of the Memphis City council about the intersection.  So far, none of them have heard about an effort for a light yet.

Teachers at the school have a fund set up to help with funeral expenses.  You can donate at any first Tennessee bank.


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